What You Need to Know about Independents in 2012:
- The number of registered Independents has increased since 2008 in many of the battleground states that will decide the 2012 election.
- Democratic registration fared worse relative to both Republican and Independent registration between 2008 and 2011.
- Republican registration gained relative to Democratic registration between 2008 and 2011.
- Based on the combination of this general trend and the rise in both registration and self-identification of Independents since 2008, the most likely scenario for 2012 is that Independents will make up a bigger portion of the electorate than in any election since 1976, based on national exit polls.
Read more about this crucial voting block in our recent report, “Independents Day 2012”