The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point. More Americans continue to identify as Democrats than as Republicans, 31% to 27%.
This year will be even more interesting. There's a huge struggle going on in the Republican Party right now, where the establishment seems to be pushing Romney and the rest want anyone but Romney. This infighting could end up pushing more people to the Independent column should Mitt Romney become the nominee.
If all this helps rid us of a two party system that is slanted against true democracy, the better we will all be. It's time to get rid of this system and move to more independence of our elected leaders. So many times we see politicians have to represent their party instead of the people they are elected to represent and that is anything but American.
So what about you? Would you like to see political parties go away? Let me know in the comments.