A Tale of Two Citizens: Independent Leaners Don’t Vote Like Partisans
Many pundits argue that Independent voters aren’t truly Independent—most lean one way and stay there. But following these voters over time reveals that Independents who lean don’t consistently fall with partisans. In fact, nearly half of the Independents who said they leaned Democratic in 2000 voted Republican two years later, compared to just 7% of strong Democrats.
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