Facts and Stats

The number of Americans who identify as political independents increased slightly in 2017, nearly matching the highest level to date — Maryland has twice as many unaffiliated voters as it did 15 years ago.

  • 42 percent of Americans, on average, identified as independents in 2017 – Gallup Poll
  • The number of Americans who identify as political independents increased slightly in 2017, nearly matching the highest level to date – The Hill
  • There was a three-point increase in the proportion of independents in 2017, the largest for any year after a presidential election - Gallup Poll
  • The two major parties are hemorrhaging members and more voters identify as independent than as Democratic or Republican – Associated Press
  • Partisan animosity has increased sharply among independents as well as partisans. For the first time in surveys dating back more than two decades, majorities of Republicans (58%) and Democrats (55%) say they have a very unfavorable view of the opposing party – Pew Research
  • Maryland's independent voters are the fastest-growing political bloc in the state – Baltimore Sun
  • A majority of Republican leaners (55%) and roughly half of Democratic leaners (51%) cite the other party’s policies being bad for the country as a major reason why they lean toward their own party – Pew Research
  • Maryland has twice as many unaffiliated voters as it did 15 years ago, and the rate of attrition from major parties is growing – Baltimore Sun
Neal Simon for U.S. Senate