Christopher Devine

Christopher J. Devine is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Dayton (Ohio). His research and teaching focuses upon elections, public opinion, political parties, ideology, constitutional law, the U.S. presidency, and the U.S. vice presidency.

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Even Self-Identified Independents are Partisan in America

According to the Gallup polling firm, writes Christopher Devine, the identity that people choose most often is actually “independent” – not Democratic or Republican. In 2017, 42 percent of Americans chose this label – up from the low 30s just 14 years ago, in 2004. However, three-quarters of these “independents” admit, when asked, that they lean toward favoring the Democratic or Republican Party.

4 years ago