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As Independents Rise …

… REPUBLICANS DEMISE?  || By ROBERT ROMANO ||  The most recent poll of party identification by Gallup has found an average 43 percent of Americans identified politically as independents in 2014, a new record for the polling organization. The uptrend in independents directly corresponds to the downtrend in Republican self-identification, both in…

… REPUBLICANS DEMISE? 

|| By ROBERT ROMANO ||  The most recent poll of party identification by Gallup has found an average 43 percent of Americans identified politically as independents in 2014, a new record for the polling organization.

The uptrend in independents directly corresponds to the downtrend in Republican self-identification, both in the post-1990 period, and the post-2005 period. Both major downturns occurred while a Republican was in the White House.

The findings are remarkably similar to another study, “Analysis of Party Self-Identification in America,” conducted by Norman Analytics and Research for the Market Research Foundation.

This independent analysis showed 45 percent of respondents were self-identified independents in October 2014, confirming Gallup’s result of 43 percent average for 2014.  It digs into the question of who self-identifiers are, including Republicans and independents, and where they stand on issues.

The key finding: “Independents are nearly twice as likely to have conservative views as liberal ones.”

In the Market Research Foundation study, for example, 35 percent of independents considered themselves to be economically conservative, compared with just 14 percent saying they were economically liberal. The rest fell in between.

Meaning, any uptick in independents self-identification corresponding with downtick in Republicans indicates that new independents are more likely to be disaffected Republicans.

The two studies confirm more recent findings by pollster Pat Caddell.  In an interview with Breitbart News’ Robert Wilde, pollster Caddell reported that, “The alienation among Republican voters is so high,” and that conservatively “a quarter to one-third of the Republican party are hanging by a thread from bolting.”

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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.com.

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53 comments

GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

But most Independents vote for Republicans, THANK GOD.

ALL the “Maverick” Independents -like you and FITS – were able to do, is Skim enough of the GOP vote to put criminally inept Terry McAuliffe in the Governor’s mansion in Va.

You likely kept Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner in power too.
Your wins are Few and Far between. You are the party of Tom Ervin and Thomas Ravenel. You are as big a joke as they are…

We don’t need a NEW party of fools…we need to jettison the idiots (like you) from the Republican Party, take it back and give the people CONSERVATIVE government, like they are DEMANDING…

Independents are just trying to capitalize on the utter and understandable rejection and repulsion of the Dirty, Dangerous and Failed Democrat Party….

You need to STFU and follow Conservatives….or take an EFFING hike…

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GT with da troof! January 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

“You need to STFU and follow Conservatives….or take an EFFING hike”

I like this. You are true representitive of the GOP and are speakign the true feelings of most of them. Kudos to you.

Now, that being said, one of the reasons that Romney lost was because the GOP lost the Libertarian base. Sure, there were other reasons too, but if the GOP retained a larger number of independents, and specifically the Libertarian ones, the outcome was probably different.

Given that you represent the GOP well, I see no reason why things will be any different this coming cycle.

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euwe max January 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

I just loved the way Mittens grabbed some bystanding black people, arranged them for the cameras, hugged them while smiling for the photo ops, and then walked away.

Much better than Bush’s “now watch this drive.”

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I'm delightsome January 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

I suppose Willard must be a heretic on the eyes of the old practitioners:

2 Nephi 5:21: “And he had caused the cursing to come upon [the Lamanites], yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, and they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.”[3]

:)

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euwe max January 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

Outstanding! I did not know that.

euwe max January 12, 2015 at 9:41 am

In 2006 independents chose Democratic House candidates over Republicans, 57 to 39 percent. But in 2008, Democrats won independent voters by only eight points and lost them by 19 points in 2010. With that kind of track record, it is impossible to say that independent voters are reliably partisan.

You need to STFU and read more….or take an EFFING hike…

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Spew Away January 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

Keep typing. With every ridiculous post, you only hasten the demise. You realize stupid talk like yours is what’s helping people reject the Republican party on a national level?

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Saluda Rapids January 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

Will there be more analysis on SCPSD?

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Smirks January 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

If a tree falls in the woods and no one’s around, does it still make a sound?

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Salud Rapids January 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

True. Additionally, if a tree falls on Big T’s head, does he feel it?

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GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

I REALLY get under your skin don’t I?…. You give me an abundant amount of pleasure. Thank you.

Saluda Rapids January 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

No, you just need to reminded of your many mistakes and to take your meds. And you guaranteed Perry would be president, but we can let the past be the past. Let’s see how you do in 2016. Oh, and did Lorenzo Ward get fired yet?

Yep January 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

The thing about Big T is this, when the truth is inconvenient he will lie, lie, lie…unashamedly. He’s worse than a cheating husband.

snickering January 12, 2015 at 11:16 am

Do you think he’s married? I can’t imagine he has a wife who hasn’t killed him in self defense.

Yep January 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm

He has mentioned his kids before…so I’m gonna go with divorced.

euwe max January 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

You give me an abundant amount of pleasure. Thank you.

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Have you looked into professional insults? There are coupons this week in the State for a free insult session with a professional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQFKtI6gn9Y

mamatiger92 January 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

TMI

Analogy 101 January 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

I like a bear crapping in the woods better for this analogy. A big nutty crap.

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GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

My candidates WON the election. That is why I posted mostly.
I have very little need to post on it now. I may get it back running daily when the presidential gets into full swing. I’m not motivated to do it now. I have MUCH more fun over here…

I have others, more lucrative ways to wield influence..I’m not like FITS, who is simply a snake charmer for fools, who are getting your @$$#$ kicked…but being told you are “winning.” You are the Charlie Sheens of society. Ignorant, substance-dependent idiots…being lead into stupidity by your failing masters and false gods…

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Smirks January 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

My candidates WON the election.

*cough*President Rick Perry*cough*

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GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

I called Perry’s loss…and Specifically said WHY…Dumb@$$…And I never said he’d win on my website…So I was RIGHT…and…..RIGHT…

But you are from a party that fears truth as much as you fear a child porn investigator….LMAO…

Rocky January 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

I called Obama’s 2012 Victory and you were convinced Romney had it “in the bag man, in the bag.” Guess them indies don’t always votes de way you thinks they duz. ‘ticularly them young uns.

GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

No…The Criminals ALWAYS vote for thugs in the Democrat Party..and they voted MULTIPLE times for Obama. Google Melowise Richardson of Ohio. If there are 1 million of her, that’s 6 million EXTRA, fraudulent votes for Obama.

I admit. If the GOP refuses to prosecute cheaters – or reject intimidation – on a broad scale…you will win. Just look at Hitler, Stalin, Huessein or Mao.

Criminals who rig the vote do EXACTLY what you are doing.

grandtangosuglydog January 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

17 cases prosecuted for voter fraud in 38 years..yeah the whole games rigged…you fucking idiot.

GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

LMAO…Remember the New Black Panthers were NOT prosecuted, because after you Won the rigged election, you let them skate..

Only a F*#king Dumb@$$ – like you – would celebrate your party’s refusal to prosecute criminal activity as support for you innocence….

You are FILTHY..and it’s why the American people are SICK if your Bull$#!t….

grandtangosuglydog January 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

News flash stupid as dogshit one..i didnt win the election nor do i determine who prosecutes anyone..but hey keep playing in lunatic land, it justifies why you have no job, no wife, no blog and no future except as a troll. Bang up job shorty.

Rocky January 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

Call the President, he has some black mamba for you. “They cheated” – childs cry.

Rocky January 12, 2015 at 11:49 am

Electoral college results 2012 – Obama / Biden at 332, Romney / Ryan at 206. Blowout. Read ’em and weep – sucker. Likely 2016 results – Hillary Clinton 332. Bush 206. Same count, same result, same story. And your back to the “they cheated” childs song. You’re pathetic.

Jan January 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

and President Gingrich, and President Santorum, and President Romney.

Saluda Rapids January 12, 2015 at 10:12 am

“I’m not like FITS.” Translation: He makes money and you don’t. Got it. Glad “your” candidates won in South Carolina. That’s a big accomplishment.

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Rocky January 12, 2015 at 11:51 am

Yeah, winning in a field or retards generally is a huge accomplishment for El Tango.

grandtangosuglydog January 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

In other words..”it was a total failure..i feel i have friends here..sure they all laugh at me and consider me to be a total joke who incorrectly picked every single election (what you mean Romney/gingrich/palin/santorium/perry arent President?) over the last ten years but hey..my mom says i need to get a real job so no more blog that no one reads..”

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Saluda Rapids January 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

“Criminally inept Bob McDonnell in the Governor’s mansion in Va.” There, fixed it for you.

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About Time January 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

Good, the demise of the ‘republican’ party is happening faster than predicted. Let the TeaTards keep the ‘republican’ brand name and more sensible ex-members should start fresh with something new. Getting in bed with the religious nuts might have been a incredibly short sighted move, that only ended up empowering those goofs. Cut your losses and start over.

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Taos January 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Bwahaha….. your response is so inaccurate. First of all, I’d argue that the biggest jumpers from the GOP are the “TeaTards” and the religious, social conservative crowd who now realize that their causes are basically no longer pushed by the GOP… but anyway, that for your inferior perspective.

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About Time January 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm

lol Either way, the ‘republican’ brand is just about mud on the national level. Time for something new. I’m surprised some sort of viable third party option hasnt sprung up already.

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Co-Conspirators January 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm

” I’m surprised some sort of viable third party option hasnt sprung up already.”

You wouldn’t be if you understood who controls the voting process.

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Nice Try January 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

Wish this were all true. Study after study shows that while people like to call themselves “Independent” in surveys, etc., they still tend to be hardened in their left or right politics. It’s a feel good story, but people are lying to themselves when they claim to be independent.

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euwe max January 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

…writing “euwe max” with chalk on the blackboard, and twirling around with a flourish….

I will be your instructor for this course… it is called “Independent thought” – double check your class schedule – everyone supposed to be here? Ok…

Now, I’d like to start out this first class by not mentioning that independent thought cannot be taught… and instead, by asking a simple question….

“How many of you are independent thinkers to some extent, already?”

Every hand goes up.

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Tunes'n'News January 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

The two parties control the primary system. As such, they are the gatekeepers and defenders of the status quo. These things will ebb and flow, unless and until a viable third party emerges, likely between the dems and GOP rather than leftward or rightward. The third party might be socially liberal fiscally conservative, libertarian in some ways but completely not in others.

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Tazmaniac January 12, 2015 at 10:12 am

People don’t want to be affiliated with highly polarized, far left, far right Party nut jobs anymore. Hello R’s and D’s! Not many want Bible banging Talibanners or power hungry, tree hugging fruitbats.

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euwe max January 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

People don’t want to be affiliated with highly polarized, far left, far right Party nut jobs anymore.

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If that were true, heroin addiction could be defeated intellectually.

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which way did he go George? January 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

Did that guys step mom that made all that money on her computer quit or something? I don’t see the post here on this article. What a shame I was so close to being ready to never to call that idiot.

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GrandTango January 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

Man I get these leftwing FITS-Bots in an uproar..LMAO….

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euwe max January 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

I’m convinced that you hold all your farts in, and they come out as drama followed by LMAO.. .and occasionally, Hahahahaha.

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Telling January 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

The big question is, do the farts follow the giggle, or the other way around?

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Grand Gasgo January 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

I believe in Tango’s case they go through the turd and not around it.

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Purple Rain February 27, 2015 at 12:22 am

Wet stinky pants maybe?

euwe max January 12, 2015 at 11:33 am

They stay in.

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Purple Rain February 27, 2015 at 12:22 am

More like diarrhea than farts, but the drama never ends. ha!

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Fits Ain't No Republican January 12, 2015 at 7:19 pm

(Yawn) A bunch of Republicans now calling themselves”Independents”

Gee

Never heard that one before!

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Crazy Yates February 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Ohmigosh, I stumbled across this article via a link in another one, but I started I was no longer belonging to any party, I am an Independent. I do believe that most Americans feel this way – those who don’t would if only they were more knowledgeable. The unfortunate thing is many have to work so much, have children and no time to truly research. The government is making sure everyone is VERY busy, that way we don’t have time to contemplate our party line, just check straight ticket – they are more in line with your values, right? Wrong.

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Crazy Yates February 24, 2015 at 11:36 pm

My party has been the Republican Party, but I question what they stand for today? They send me mail after freaking mail, survey after survey. They do not give a care what I think, they only want money to perpetuate their goals, whatever the hell they might be. Both parties refuse to agree even when they could agree on what is the best interest of The People. This is more like a pissing contest than any real party. It isn’t about right or wrong, nor party platform – hell both are willing to change if it brings in more money based on surveys. What they both want is power. What they don’t want is the people empowered. If everyone truly became knowledgeable – our whole SC system would collapse. The entire government system would likely collapse. It is them who keep us hating on each other. I hope people wake up and realize we ALL want a better American.

We are ALL on the same team. If we work together, we have a strong winning team.

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