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Gallup: ‘Record-High’ 42% of Americans Identify as Independent

It was almost four years ago when Governor Palin advised Republicans to embrace the Tea Party principles that promote independent thought, limited government, and ridding corruption in D.C.:

"Despite what the pundits want you to think, contested primaries aren’t civil war, they are democracy at work and that’s beautiful."


“The Republican Party would be very smart to absorb as much of the Tea Party movement as possible.”

The GOP followed this advice in 2010 and won the midterms by historic proportion.

They rejected this advice in 2012 and lost to the worst sitting president in history.

Well, as Karl Rove gets ready to "strike back" as Brian described, a new poll from Gallup is out.

42% of Americans identify as independent (more than ever before).  31% identify as Democrat and 25% as Republican.

Meanwhile a poll released from Gallup last year reflected that where political ideology was concerned, more Americans identified as conservative than they did as liberal.  That would lead any rational-thinking human being to understand that many of those "conservatives" are now identifying as independents and are ready to throw their GOP leaders out in the primaries this year.

But despite that inconvenient truth, be ready for the establishment and media to desperately claim otherwise.






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  • ZH100

    Excellent article. Thank you Steve.

    Gov.Palin said the following at CPAC:

    "Now CPAC in order to be effective, in order to have any power to change things for the better, as Conservatives, we must leave no American behind and we must share our powerful message of freedom and liberty to all citizens, even those who may disagree on some issues because there is solid common ground in fighting against government overreach and for independence.

    And those who may disagree with us on some issues, they are not our enemies. They’re our sisters and our brothers. They’re our neighbors. They’re our friends.

    It’s imperative to reach out and to share that conservative message of liberty and less government and lower taxes and individual responsibility."—–Sarah Palin.

    • hope4palins

      It is remarkable to me that she has consistently tried to do that, and the GOPe has just as consistently ignored her message of issues and encouraged others to disparage her. Imo this is self-destructive political behavior of the worst sort.

      Sometimes I think that the GOPe is the political equivalent of a bunch of lemmings being led by Rove, Schmidt and Wallace to the Whig’s political cliff of oblivion; they seem to think that it’s some kind of road to political ascendancy. They just don’t make a lick of sense, as the old saying goes.

      • Norma_Perez

        GOPe are the infiltrators that managed to cross over the enemy line and set themselves in positions to subvert the Republican Party. That’s exactly why "they just don’t make a lick of sense!"

  • jerseymark

    Take a look at the chart. As the independent line moves ever higher, the GOP live goes into a dive. Add to this the polls that indicate that 2/3 of the folks support the establishment of a third party and you gotta think that the time is ripe for that to happen. In 2014, we need to elect conservative Republicans but thereafter, we need to get a Constitutional conservative party established for 2016. People argue that a Third Party would simply divide the non-democrat vote and give the Dems victory BUT I suggest that is a faulty assumption because those folks who would not want to see the Dems win will unify behind the alternative with the best chance to beat them and when it comes time, the polls will show the Third Party as stronger than the GOP. Add all the millions who don’t currently vote, registered and non-registered alike, due to disgust with both parties and the charismatic leadership of Sarah Palin at the top with her anti-corruption and anti-crony capitalism record, and we have a winner and a new political paradigm.

    • hope4palins

      And thus will end the political life of the GOPe and it’s Establishment. Buh-bye, Rovians Good riddance to bad rubbish as the old saying goes. Trust us, you won’t be missed.

  • Patriot41

    I have been mentioning this trend about disenchanted political supporters now for sometime, and indicating that now is the time for a third party in this country. My comments to Paul Weyrich and Richard Viguerie, about conservatives separating from the GOP, go back several years. I have watched this battle in the GOP between moderates and conservatives, going on for over fifty years and came to the realization that conservatives would never be accepted by the GOPe.

    Both Weyrich and Viguerie insisted that the conservatives had to take over the GOP leadership and that would be the turning point. Well, they did both during the 1980’s and again in the early 1990’s, but still were not accepted by the establishment leaders in the GOP. The moderates attacked the conservatives more then the democrats did and have continued to do so, unto this day. Conclusion then, there is no room for conservative leadership in the GOP!

    While the media likes to sell the story that the majority of citizens in this country are of a conservative nature, that is no longer the case. One only has to take a look at the turn of social behavior within our society, to verify that point. Conservatives don’t attack religious beliefs; they don’t support gay marriage; they don’t support legalizing illicit drugs; they don’t support amnesty for lawbreaking, illegal immigrants; they don’t support destroying one of the best medical systems in the world, for the purpose of socialized medicine; they don’t support a national debt program that is greater then most nations on the face of this earth; they don’t support legislation from the bench; they don’t support ignoring our Constitution; they don’t support aborting innocent citizens; they don’t support teaching sexuality in our schools; they don’t support our nation being continually involved in unnecessary wars around the globe, ignoring our sovereignty and that of other nations; nor do they support leaders who do! This being the case, why then should they support the current leaders in the GOPe?

    When reviewing the Gallop poll that identified approximately 42% of the voters who are dissatisfied with both political parties, one can conclude that they primarily consists of the conservatives that are missing from those two political parties. While 42% is certainly not a majority of voters, it is definitely a majority, when comparing that number with those who are loyal supporters of both established parties. In fact, those are the voters who generally give a win, to either party. They do not do this willingly, but try to side with the least offensive candidates.

    That 42% is looking for a party that aligns with their beliefs and one that they can call home. I have never seen a better chance of forming such a party, then is currently at hand. The TEA party grassroots movement that has been taking place in this country for the last eight years, has formed a base that is nearly as strong as the two currently established parties. The only thing lacking in that movement, is a combined leadership and a simple basic platform, that all of those disenchanted voters can rally around. With the proper leadership, this can happen if there is a concerted effort by conservatives to make it happen.

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