Independent Voters

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Explainer: How the GOP is Losing the Middle Ground

Monday, December 03, 2012

Despite all the talk of minority voters and demographic segments, there are signs Republicans are losing the political middle.

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The Takeaway

Will Hurricane Sandy Change Your Vote?

Thursday, November 01, 2012

With much of the hurricane damage in the country’s largest media market, the plight of New Yorkers is sure to dominate the news cycle for weeks — if not months. But could the effects of the hurricane extend beyond the flood zones and power grids?  Could it decide a presidency?

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The Takeaway

Independents React to the Second Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

After the first presidential debate, we spoke to several independent voters throughout the country who have not yet decided who they will be voting for come November. Now, after the second presidential debate, we check back in with these voters to see what they thought and where they are leaning.

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Opinion: I'm a 47-Percenter Romney Needs to Win

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A whole heck of a lot of us are in that 47 percent percent, and from the polls I've been seeing... more and more of us are leaning toward voting for Obama, or at least not voting for Romney.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swing Voters

Friday, August 31, 2012

Forty percent of all American voters are Independents. They make up the largest voting bloc in the nation and have determined the outcome of every election since World War II. Linda Killian talks about the swing voters around the country—who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She’s the author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.

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The Takeaway

Independent Voters on the 2012 Campaign

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This week President Obama begins his first campaign tour of the 2012 election, touring five key swing states this week: Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan. The independent or undecided voters in these crucial states are what will decide the 2012 election. The Takeaway turns to two such voters to see which issues are most important to them.

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The Takeaway

A Closer Look at the Independent Voter

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

According to a Gallup Poll released Monday, 40 percent of American voters identified themselves as poltically independent in 2011. This is the highest yearly yield in the poll's history. But whether independents get burned out after their favorite spitfire candidate doesn't make it past the primaries or if they successfully push mainstream candidates towards the fringe in 2012 is still unclear.


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Herman Cain’s Surge: Race and Relatability in South Carolina

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rick Perry is back today in South Carolina, the state where he launched his presidential campaign just over ten weeks ago. Perry immediately spiked in the polls, but after his series of debate fumbles, it’s been Herman Cain who’s captured the momentum.

Cain led two polls of likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina last week, and Romney hasn’t led polls in the first-in-the-south primary since June, well before Perry entered the race.

But it’s more style than substance that they’re responding to. While Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 refrain helped introduce him to early primary voters, Republican voters in South Carolina praised his relatability — and anti-Romney-ness — more than any specific proposals.


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Anna and the Independent Voter: Maine's Rebellious Streak

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As the autumn chill begins its descent southward, it's not just the crisp air that's making the rest of the country feel a little like Maine. Here, anti-establishment rebelliousness and economic populism is nothing new. This is the state where Ross Perot came in second in 1992. This year, a deep sense of alienation from Washington political representatives is polishing the independent streak, with some unexpected results.

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The Process is Political: Wisconsin Recalls 'the Most Negative Ever'

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wisconsin Recalls 'the Most Negative Ever': It was clear the Wisconsin recall elections were a politically nasty affair, but now there are numbers to back it up. "Out of an estimated $12 million in campaign ads in these four markets, roughly 95% was spent on negative ads, 5% on positive ads," writes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert, citing a study by an ad-tracking firm. The findings prompted the paper to call for the state Supreme Court to uphold a rule requiring the groups funding all those ads to disclose where they're money is coming from. "If negative campaigning is the rule of the campaign trail, don't the citizens of the state have a right to know who is shoveling all that horse patooie? Of course they do," the paper editorialized. Oral arguments in that case are scheduled for next week. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) 


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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale continues her monthly series with us. This week: how independent groups are going after minority voters.

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The Changing Face of America's Independent Voters

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's an understood rule of presidential politics: win over independent voters in November, and the election is yours. But who are the independent voters? Many people think of them as white, educated, socially liberal and fiscally conservative. That may be true of some independents, but the group as a whole is changing and diversifying, and now many Americans who are ethnic minorities are identifying as independents. In 2008, less than 60% of self-identified independent were white, according to American National Election Studies.

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Live Chat: What Does It Mean To Be An Independent?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All this month, It's A Free Country's Anna Sale has been searching for the Independent Voters - that key part of the electorate that brought Obama to office in 2008 and Republicans to Congress in 2010. In 2012, they'll once again play a critical role - or they may stay home entirely. Join Anna and the rest of the IAFC politics team on Thursday, August 18th for a live chat about independent voters.

Whether you're left, right, center or everywhere, join in Thursday, August 18th at 12noon!

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Video: Anna and the Independents - Campaigns Edition

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

All August, It's A Free Country's Anna Sale is searching for America's Independent voters. They helped decide the 2008 and 2010 elections, and they'll be courted heavily come 2012. But who are they, exactly?

In this video, Anna explains how President Obama is losing support among independents, and there’s a mad dash among political organizers to grab them as they peel off.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Hard to Organize, Harder to Keep

Thursday, August 11, 2011

President Obama is losing support among independents, and there’s a mad dash among political organizers to grab them as they peel off. But their approach differs on how they diagnose who independent voters are and what they care about. 

And their success will depend on their ability to navigate the political graveyard that’s littered with efforts to change the system during hotly contested, highly partisan political campaigns.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Colorado Lessons

Thursday, August 04, 2011

All through August, Anna Sale is on a search for the independent voter. These are the prize voters who could make up the margin in the 2012 contest, but their definition is elusive and their politics mixed. First stop, Colorado.

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