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The United States is once again in the middle of a major election year and in many elections, people will go the polls with only two options to choose from — red or blue, Republican or Democrat. The problem is a majority of Americans do not believe either major political party represents America.
According to the latest Rasmussen poll, 53 percent of likely voters believe “neither party in Congress is the party of the American people.” While some may dispute the results of a single poll, further evidence exists in voter registration data nationwide as the major parties continue to lose voters in many states.
On Thursday, April 24, Rasmussen published the results of a survey conducted on April 19-20, gauging how Americans view the Republican and Democratic parties. The percentage of respondents who said neither party represents America jumped 6 points from 47 percent in October 2013 to 53 percent. Not even a third of respondents disagreed with this — 28 percent — and 19 percent said they were not sure.
What is even more interesting is that many people who describe themselves as partisan voters said neither major party is the party of the American people — 52 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of Democrats. 65 percent of respondents not affiliated with either party feel this way.
On April 13, Rasmussen published a poll that found that 72 percent of Americans believe that it would be better if most incumbents in Congress were not re-elected in November, and only 9 percent said it would be better if most incumbents were re-elected. This makes sense as less than 10 percent of Americans currently think Congress is doing a good job.
Rasmussen found that the younger the voter, the more likely they are to believe that neither major party represents the American people, which is explained by the fact that younger voters are more likely to be politically independent from the two major parties.
However, it not just Millennials who have shifted in this direction. According to Pew Research, every living generation is, to various degrees, more independent now than they were 5 years ago. Millennials are just much more likely to be politically independent than Gen Xers, Boomers, or Silents.
The latest poll from Gallup, dated January 8, shows that 42 percent of Americans self-identify as independent, a number that has been on an upward slope since 2008 when it was around 36 percent.
There is no indication that the trend in voters who self-identify as independent is going to reverse anytime soon, but what about voter registration? What evidence is there that the parties are losing voters?