42% of Americans Ditch Two-Party System, Say Government is Biggest Problem

January 12, 2016   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
January 12, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) United States — More people in the United States than ever are breaking away from the political duopoly by refusing to self-identify as either Democrat or Republican — and they now effectively comprise the true silent majority: Independents.

According to a Gallup poll released Monday, for 2015, just 29% of respondents call themselves Democrats, while 26% identify as Republicans — but fully 42% say ‘nay’ to both parties and claim to be Independents, down only marginally from 43% last year. Indeed, Independents as a group reached 40% of the population for the first time in 2011, and have comprised at least that percentage since then.

Before Gallup began polling by phone in 1988, “there were several years when the average percentage of Republican identifiers … was lower than 25%.” But for Democrats, that self-identification reached a 27-year low, down from the previous year’s 30% — and because “data from 1951-1987 collected in person never found a yearly average Democratic identification less than 37%,” it is “safe to conclude that the current 29% is also the lowest in Gallup polling history.”

When pressed further, 16% of Independents admitted leaning Democratic and another 16% admitted a Republican tendency, evidencing the weight of the two-party system on voters’ feelings, as Gallup pointed out, “because in most elections, voters are asked to choose a candidate from one of the two parties.”

What could explain this virtual nadir in party identification? It’s the gub’ment, stupid.

For the second year in a row, exasperation with the government topped the U.S. populace’s list of pressing grievances in a separate Gallup poll. They named it the nation’s number one problem more often than the ubiquitous ‘economy.’ In fact, of the last 15 years, the economy was the top complaint eight times — including each of the six years prior to the government, itself, taking first place in 2014.

With party fervor inevitably headed for a crescendo with the 2016 presidential race in full swing, perhaps the lackluster red and blue loyalty evidences the precursor to a shift. Imagine the possibilities should this silently growing majority decide to cast votes outside the two-party platform. Maybe, just maybe, these Independents have begun to see the duopoly for what it is — two sides of the same tarnished coin.

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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  3. There is a huge and growing disconnect between the federal government and the people. Thanks for this article which points to hope that Americans are realizing the truth. As forced uniformity continues from Washington, there is no place for options without moving out of the country. We see now the insanity of centralizing every decision in one place, as it has become more like the old days of lords and serfs or maybe the USSR.

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  4. Yes, there is a huge and growing disconnect between the federal gov't and the people. This article definitely points to hope that Americans are realizing the truth. More good news is that Americans are more independent than Russians of 1917 Russia under the Soviet/Bolshevik system of Lenin and Trotsky ,, a system that lasted in that nation for a surprising 70+ years.
    Fortunately, such a system won't last nearly as long as it had in Russia .. due to the fact that a vast number of Americans own an even larger number of firearms, and every one of them is proficient in their guns' use. Russians in 1917-1918 Russia had no firearms; thus, they were much more vulnerable to the atrocities and mass exterminations in the tens of millions. They were also used to totalitarian rule under the Tsars .. although most were benevolent and did much to give the peasants control over their own farms, which the Bolsheviks later confiscated for collectivization.
    American citizens, from Colonial times onward, have been used to owning a firearm or more for hunting wild game; thus, they're more independent from gov't encroachment, It's the city-dwellers who have become more and more dependent on gov't services .. especially in the 20th and so far in the 21st Century. The more dependent people are on federal gov't largesse, the more susceptible they are to its propaganda and dictates.
    Why I said that the Soviet/Bolshevik system will fail here is that this nation will eventually break up into several separate entities, due mainly, to racial and other animosities. The areas that were once a part of Mexico will most likely return to Mexico; the East and West coast areas will be liberal bastions; and the heartland will be a white conservative bastion.

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