The Continuing Rise of Neither/Nor Voters

It's bad news for both major political parties, but Democrats appear to be faring worse.

Citizens vote on Election Day at Fire Station #71 in Alhambra, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California, as Americans flock to the polls nationwide to decide between President Barack Obama, his Rebuplican challenger Mitt Romney, and a wide range of other issues. Alhambra is one of 6 cities in California's 49th Assembly District, the state's first legislative district where Asian-Americans make up the majority of the population.

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A record share of Americans—43 percent—now consider themselves independent voters, and initial identification with the Democratic Party appears to be at its lowest since the 1950s, according to new Gallup data, trends that may shape the way 2016 presidential hopefuls try to appeal to primary voters without alienating those who wait for the general election.

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