WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A recently conducted poll indicates that the number of Americans choosing to identify themselves as Republicans is at a record low.
Researchers at Gallup learned that just 25 percent of Americans affiliate themselves with the GOP – the lowest number to do so over the course of the 25 years during which they have conducted the poll.
Conversely, Independent affiliation is at an all-time high. A reported 42 percent of people said they were politically independent last year. Democratic identification has remained steady at 31 percent for the past four years.
Gallup pollsters feel that the shift toward Independent affiliation has come at the expense of Republican identification in particular, moreso than Democratic identification.
“Republican identification peaked at 34 percent in 2004, the year George W. Bush won a second term in office,” a release on the poll’s findings stated. “Since then, it has fallen nine percentage points, with most of that decline coming during Bush’s troubled second term. When he left office, Republican identification was down to 28 percent.”
Independent affiliation also seemed to increase as 2013 passed, highlighting a trend away from conventional political parties.
“Americans are increasingly declaring independence from the political parties,” researchers noted. “The rise in political independence is likely an outgrowth of Americans’ record or near-record negative views of the two major U.S. parties, of Congress, and their low level of trust in government more generally.”
A total of 18,871 people were polled on the matter throughout the course of last year, the release indicated.