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For the purpose of politics the independent voter do not affiliate with any special party, sometimes they are driven by plain ideology.  Libertarians come to mind.

The independent believe both parties are too partisan and are driven by special interest groups.

The Independent makes up 10% of the electorate but they are coveted by both parties.

The politicos split them into two different categories, Lean and Pure independents.

1.   A pure independent is uninformed, and least politically involved.

2.   The lean independent voter knows the issues, but they tend to vote for just a selected candidate.

 

Every year, we always hear about the increased number of people who call themselves independent voters.  Several books have been written about this voter, but the best I have read is the “The Myth of the Independent voter.” Personally I think these voters just want to stay above the fray so, they call themselves independent.

Party politics is alive and well in America. Follow that independent around and you will find them favoring one side over the other.

According to a recent CBS News poll, 31 percent of voters who described themselves as independent said they intended to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus in their state next year, 19 percent planned to vote in a Republican contest, while the rest said they did not anticipate voting in any nominating election (and in some states, they will be unable to vote if they are not registered in a party).

 

When compared with other independents, those who plan to vote in Democratic primaries next year said they were paying more attention to the campaign and were more enthusiastic about the 2008 election.

The  Independent voters, in the New Hampshire primary will probably determine who the next Democratic or Republican candidates will be. You see, those independent voters can vote in the Democratic or Republican primary so, if Hillary Clinton takes the Iowa primary, Independents will vote in the Republican primary to help elect her opponent.  If Barack Obama wins Iowa, the independent will vote in the Democratic primary for the very same reason.

Got to play nice with those independent voters.  :-)

 

When compared with other independents, those who plan to vote in Democratic primaries next year said they were paying more attention to the campaign and were more enthusiastic about the 2008 election.