Poll: 60% Say They Are Likely to Vote Independent

At USA Today, Susan Page reports that “independents are gaining favor in governors’ races” in the northeast. The article focuses exclusively on the candidacies of Eliot Cutler in Maine, Tim Cahill in Massachusetts and Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island, and devotes the most attention to Republican-turned-Independent Chafee. Page writes:

Gubernatorial candidates Cutler, Chafee and Tim Cahill of Massachusetts promise straight talk and tough love in a year when both parties are viewed unfavorably by most Americans. Sixty percent of those surveyed in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll say they are very or somewhat likely to vote for an independent candidate this fall, signaling at the least an openness to the idea.

The article provides the breakdown of the poll question in the sidebar. From the USA Today/Gallup poll:

How likely are you to vote for an independent candidate for federal or state office this year instead of a Democrat or Republican?

Very likely: 18%
Somewhat likely: 42%
Not too likely: 19%
Not at all likely 18%
No opinion: 3%

Adapted from Poli-Tea, read the whole thing.

11 thoughts on “Poll: 60% Say They Are Likely to Vote Independent

  1. clay

    Well, it’s not like they absolutely must believe in a specific religion to run for office. Although, being Christian does ususally help a candidate’s chances. But I don’t think it’s relevant to the article, strictly speaking.

  2. d.eris

    Vaughn: actually, I meant to write “almost exclusively” in the post, the reporter does mention Crist briefly in an early paragraph of the article. For the record, and coincidentally, clay, Christ is probably also an independent.

  3. Charlie Earl

    Questionable numbers with a bogus assumption. All it does is provide a glimmer of hope for those of us who are I’s or third-party devotees. Some respondents lie, and others decide very late in the election cycle.

  4. JT

    Vaughn: “Why no mention of Christ?”

    It’s Crist, not Christ. I don’t think Jesus is running for political office this year. Maybe next time.

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