And the times, they are a-changin' ...
Voters leaving Democratic, Republican parties
By Randall Jeppesen
December 23rd, 2011
USA Today reports more than 2.5 million voters have left the Democratic and Republican parties since the 2008 elections.
The paper looked at voter registration numbers in the 28 states where people register by party.
- The number of registered Democrats dropped in 25 states.
- The number of registered Republicans dropped in 21 states.
- The number of independent voters grew in 18 of 28 states.
- Registered Democrats -- 42 million
- Registered Republicans -- 30 million
- Independents -- 24 million
- Democrats have lost the most — 1.7 million, or 3.9%, from 2008
These trends become very apparent in several swing states including Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire and others that many consider key states in the upcoming presidential election.
Many political strategists say the candidate who can best appeal to the growing number of independents will end up in the White House.
Voter registration numbers are affected by people moving and being taken off the rolls for being inactive. But these statistics show a large number of people are leaving their political parties, apparently unhappy about how the government is run.