January 9, 2012
Record-High 40% of Americans Identify as Independents in '11
More Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%
by Jeffrey M. JonesPRINCETON, NJ --
The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point. More Americans continue to identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%.