report | Apr 30, 2015

A Different Look at Generations and Partisanship

Survey Report Over the past decade, there has been a pronounced age gap in American politics. Younger Americans have been the Democratic Party’s strongest supporters in both vote preferences  and partisanship, while older Americans have been the most reliably Republican. The Pew Research Center’s report earlier this month on partisan identification found that 51% of […]

report | Apr 7, 2015

A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation

39% of Americans identify as independents, more than they do as Democrats ( 32%) or as Republicans (23%). This is the highest percentage of independents in more than 75 years of public opinion polling.

report | Apr 7, 2015

2014 Party Identification Detailed Tables

All Pew Research Center surveys about U.S. politics and policy include questions about partisan affiliation. In 2014 a total of 25,010 respondents were asked the following: In politics TODAY, do you consider yourself a Republican, Democrat, or independent? (IF INDEPENDENT, OTHER, DON’T KNOW): As of today do you lean more to the Republican Party or […]

short read | Jan 8, 2014

Data Feed: Independents, poverty, teen exercise

A daily roundup of fresh data from scholars, governments, think tanks, pollsters and other social science researchers. Politics Record-high 42% of Americans identify as independents, Gallup What we know and don’t know about our polarized politics, The Washington Post Economy U.S.-NAFTA trade exceeds $100B for first time, Bureau of Transportation Statistics Concentration of wealth, NYC, […]

report | Aug 3, 2012

Party Affiliation and Election Polls in 2012

Update: In the years since this piece was published, the survey field has changed. The link between Americans’ willingness to take surveys and their political views became stronger. Researchers developed new methods for addressing this. Pew Research Center’s surveys of U.S. adults now weight on political party affiliation, but the way that is done differs […]

short read | Feb 16, 2012

Independents Help Obama Build Lead Over Romney

A slight majority (51%) of independents support President Obama in a hypothetical general election matchup with Mitt Romney. Independents have shifted from Romney to Obama since January.

report | Jul 22, 2011

GOP Makes Big Gains among White Voters

Overview As the country enters into the 2012 presidential election cycle, the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Barack Obama won office nearly three years ago. In particular, the Democrats hold a much narrower edge than they did in 2008, particularly when the partisan leanings of independents are taken into account. Notably, the GOP […]

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