Pew survey: Partisan polarization in US hits 25-year high

By Linda Feldmann


"...noteworthy is the growth of political independents. Fewer Americans are affiliating with either of the major parties than at any time in the past 25 years, Pew found. And when Gallup poll data going back to 1939 are factored in, Pew concludes that there are now more political independents than at any point in the past 75 years.Currently, 38 percent of Americans self-identify as independents, while 32 percent are Democrats and 24 percent are Republicans."