Poll shows 4% or 5% of Americans choose “other” for partisan affiliation

from Ballot Access News
Major Polls Show 4% or 5% of Americans Choose “Other” When Asked About Partisan Affiliation

April 29th, 2009

For decades, pollsters have been asking U.S. residents if they consider themselves to be Democrats, Republicans, or independents. Recently, however, two of the biggest polls have added “other” to those choices. An NBC News/WSJ Survey released April 29 finds that 4% of respondents choose the “Other” category. A Washington Post/ABC Poll released April 21 found 5% chose “Other”.

When one examines voter registration data, only 2% of voters are registered as members of parties other than Democratic or Republican.

The full poll results, for the partisan affiliation question, are: NBC News/WSJ, Democrats (including independents who lean Democratic) 42%, Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) 31%, strict independents 19%, “Other” 4%, undecided 4%. For the Washington Post/ABC Poll, the results are Democrats (including independents who lean Democratic) 53%, Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) 37%, independents 4%, “Other” 5%, undecided, less than 1%. Here is a link to the Washington Post/ABC Poll. The partisan affiliation question is at the very end. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

12 thoughts on “Poll shows 4% or 5% of Americans choose “other” for partisan affiliation

  1. VAGreen

    According to Ballot Access News, 24-25% of Americans are registered as Independents or third parties.

  2. lobo

    None of this amounts to anything given the current rigged system. The US has to catch up with the rest of the world and move past FTTP winner-take-all voting. The ideal laboratory for such a change would be a small state with initiative and referendum-since the incumbent D’s and R’s will never allow it to pass through the legislative process.

    Since all states but one have bicameral legislatures there is no rational reason why one house can’t elected by PR .
    http://www.proportional-representation.org/

    Ideally, all other elections would utilize Range Voting:
    http://www.rangevote.net/
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2008/01/verdict-our-voting-system-loser

    Other links on Range Voting:
    http://leastevil.blogspot.com/2009/04/fairvotes-flash.html
    http://reformthelp.org/issues/voting/range.php
    http://rangevoting.org/ForLibs.html

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  3. lobo

    All of this means nothing unless the rigged voting system is changed. The ideal laboratory would be a small state with initiative and referendum-since the incumbent pols will not take kindly to putting their jobs and privileges in jeopardy.

    Think in terms of Proportional Representation voting and “range voting.”

  4. Darryl W. Perry

    I’m trying to figure out “undecided, less than 1%”.

    That’s like asking the question “Do you like ice cream?” allowing “Yes”, “no” & “occasionally” and someone replying “I’m not sure”.

  5. Hobert Solich

    The GOP which professes to be a “big tent” party despite seemingly different evidence is trying to co-opt the tea party for its own political advantage. You observe Michael Steele’s remark that (paraphrase) “we have to operate in concert to shoot down Obama’s agenda.” Where are the proactive affirmations? How do you trim down the deficit by reducing taxes? How do you fix the health care issue? While I am very outraged at dems in congress and, to a certain extent Obama and his advisors, for not being more aggressive in getting the facts out, I also think that while the repubs have gathered momentum by general resistance the tide is about to turn. You have to advance ideas supported by empirical data points that are good for the nation

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