Larry Sabato, who directs the University of Virginia's Center for Politics and runs the political prognostication website Sabato's Crystal Ball, said the polls showing large numbers of independent voters are just plain wrong.Despite figures showing there are more people who identify themselves as Independent then those who identify with either the Republicans or Democrats, when asked political preference, 51 percent of respondents lean towards the Democrats and 43 percent towards Republicans - thirty-nine percent of Americans identify themselves as independent, 24 percent as Republicans, 32 percent as Democrats. These figures seem to contradict the narrative being pushed by the conservative movement, which claims to represent the majority.
"It is popular to say that one is independent," said Sabato. "But If you go beneath the surface, you find that those people vote almost identically with people who come right out and say they're either Democrats or Republicans."
Wolf also points out that for candidates running independently from the two major parties to be successful, they must bridge the gap between the two parties, like what Charlie Crist has done in Florida.
I have noticed that when right-wingers from the fringe visit this site, they tend to make the snap judgement that I am some kind of liberal because of articles such as this one. They fail to understand the big picture - the GOP should become more moderate, not more conservative. They have felt it is in their best interests to ignore even more of the electorate, which may work in the short term, but will definitely not help them in the long run - just look at the percentage of young people that align themselves closer to the Democrats. The Republicans are going to have a rude awakening if they don't change their ways.