In United States politics, voters are frequently placed into smaller groups or cohorts based on their social, economic, and even political views. The general public, pollsters, and even candidates will assume that these groups or cohorts will vote similarly, regardless of the type or magnitude of election. In the 2016 presidential election the two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump specifically targeted and campaigned towards some of these groups of voters in an effort to try and win the presidency. Among these targeted groups were independent/third-party voters, women, Millennials, African-Americans, Hispanics, and evangelical voters. One of the most influential groups of voters in the 2016 election was the independent or …show more content…
In other words, these voters lean one way or the other, but would rather identify with a candidate that has the same political ideologies that they have rather than an entire party’s stance on the plethora of social issues.
There are five primary types of independents, the “Disengaged”, the “Disguised Partisan”, the “Deliberator”, the “Disillusioned”, and the “Dislocated”. The “Disengaged” are individuals who are just not politically inclined. This group is very unlikely to vote even though they are often registered. The “Disguised Partisans” are people who are “independent in name only”, as they claim to be either independent or members of third parties but follow partisan lines. This group is sometimes considered to be undercover independents. The “Deliberators” are model citizens, and are open to both parties. Bipartisanship is important to the “Deliberators”, they tend to vote for candidates and not for a specific party. The “Disillusioned” are a group of people who are angry at the current state of political affairs. Finally, the “Dislocated” are also truly a group of independents because they do not really fit into either party. The “Dislocated” are socially liberal but fiscally conservative. While it may seem as if voters choose to become members of third-parties or independent for reasons due to their disdain for both of the parties, this may not be completely valid. Most
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Despite being the constant underdog and loser in major elections third parties make some significant contribution to the political spectrum in the United States. Third Party Agendas are taken serious by the Democratic and Republican Parties and specific pieces of the Third Party Agendas are sometimes adopted by the two major parties. Third parties give discontented voters other alternatives. The Republican and Democratic Parties have been known to operate in similar styles and third parties give the voter the opportunity to express their discontent. The third parties in the United States are policy advocates and often are more specific about were they stand ideologically. Often the Republican and Democratic Parties try and take a moderate
It truly is a shame that a stigma is put upon anyone who “throws their vote away” by casting their ballot for a third party, for third parties offer an attractive alternative to the “cookie-cutter” positions of the Democratic and Republican parties. The sooner the American public realizes that voting for a third party or candidate not even in the election, the sooner the political climate of the United States becomes an overall better, more specialized, and tame
One area for future analysis is the role of independents in the post-World War II shift in partisanship. We have for decades assumed that independents were either closeted partisans or that they were apathetic nonvoters (Dalton 2013). Recent research has suggested that there has been a shift in the structure of independent voters. There are the independents that fit the mold of how we traditionally saw independents called apoliticals. These independents have little knowledge about politics, don’t see politics as mattering to them, and are less likely to participate in politics by voting, giving money, or volunteering with a campaign than other members of the electorate. There has been a steady growth nationally since the 1950s in apartisans.
Carmela D’Amico of Salon.com writes a piece entitled “Enough of the ‘US vs. Them’ binary; Why I’m writing in Bernie Sanders on Election Day” in reference to the presidential election of 2016. In her article D’Amico captures her audience of potential voters with her opinion of the candidates and the overall election itself. D’Amico states that she does not belong to a political party henceforth declaring herself an independent. While keeping a light-hearted tone, D’Amico is able to stress the importance of voting not for the satisfaction of one’s party, but to satisfy the needs of this country. D’Amico states this as her purpose for writing in Bernie Sanders on Election Day as choosing from “the lesser of two evils” only restricts the freedom that we as Americans were given.
As the Presidential election primaries drew to an end, there was no doubt about who will represent the Democratic and Republican parties at the general election. Over the past several years, it has become fashionable in the beltway to deny the existence of Independents despite the increases in registered Independent voters and surveys finding record-high numbers of Americans now calling themselves Independents. Turned off by the partisan wars in Washington, 39 percent of voters now identify themselves as independent rather than affiliated with one of the two major political parties, according to a 2016 analysis by the Pew Research Center. At that point, 3rd party candidates started emerging and the support of 3rd party candidates like Evan McMullen was growing really fast because of the low favorability rate of both party nominees. At first glance, we could immediately conclude that
Two political parties have dominated the United States: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The term “Third party” is used in the United States to describe any political party besides the well-known Republican and Democratic parties. Examples of third parties include the Libertarian Party, The Green Party, and the Constitutional Party. Unfortunately, these third parties have a hard time gaining political representation at the federal level. The historic route Democrats and Republicans trace back in the United States, the systematic influence of the Electoral College, financial contributions, and lack of media coverage all give a substantial reason as to why the newer third parties that emerged in the years after the major political parties have a hard time gaining political representation at the federal level.
Understanding the reason that individuals will break from the two-party mold is vital to understanding why third-party candidates continue to grow in influence. Harmon Rockler has conducted research in this area and has fond that there is a disillusionment with the main two-party system, that does not represent their beliefs. Driven partly by age, with the 18-34 year demographic more likely to vote for a third party, and 43% believe that there is no difference between the parties. Furthermore, that their vote is a vote against the primary party candidates, as opposed to a vote for a third party candidate. This shows that many voters have a dislike or distrust of the primary parties platforms or actions and have chosen to distance themselves from party affiliation. Since 2008, Independent voters have increased from 31%-39%, with both Republicans and Democrats losing 2%-3%, currently standing at 23% and 32%, respectively. This shift can be seen as a result of the increasing political partisanship and grid lock within the government.
When it is time to vote most citizens vote for different circumstances that don’t actually associate with the quality of the individual whom is running for office. Voters designate their votes by using religion, race, culture, relation, or in most cases party. In the United States of America there are plenty of governing political parties but the two largest are the Democratic Party and Republican Party. A countless amount of individuals seldom known what these parties mean, stand for, or principles in which they uphold.
There are factors which do not influence party identity and which are independent on social grouping or cultural values. For several decades there have been little change at both aggregate and individual level on party identification. The state of economy and performance of the president does not change or determine party loyalty. However, party loyalties have a powerful influence on citizens' positions in key issues and voting decisions. The most important notion is that party identification is based mainly on identification with social grouping rather than on evaluation of party's ideology or policy. People ask themselves two questions: "What kind of social groups comes to my mind when I think about Republicans, Independents and Democrats? Which group best describes me?"
In the current system a voter can write in “None of the Above” but few do. They just choose to vote for one of the third party candidates as a protest or a display of dissatisfaction for the candidates presented by the two major parties. This is not only a vote that is thrown away, but is also misrepresents the true voting percentages. For example, let’s say that the election shows
From the birth of our nation, the United States' greatest attribute has been our democracy. A democracy that throughout history we have fought and advocated for in foreign lands. A democracy that has caused the division of our nation, through which we shed our brother's blood to unite once more. A democracy so beautiful that it has became infamous and erects hatred and malice in the hearts of our nation's enemies. This great democracy, however, has a great self-destructive weakness. The chink in our democratic armor, is our desire of pristine politicians. Politicians of today are bound to a black and white world. Where one must choose which of two sides their beliefs fall or risk fighting an up-hill battle to be elected. Two of these sides have names that we all hear on a daily occurrence, Republicans and Democrats. These political parties play such majors roles in the politics of today, that there isn't much room for a another party. Should one choose to not affiliate with one of the two major parties, they are casted to a third party. A third party is defined by Webster dictionary as "a major political
One likely reoccurring ideology is that they don’t agree with either party platform or candidate. They do have the choice to either write in a person they deem qualified enough or to vote for a third-party candidate, however, the likelihood of those choices winning the presidency is slim. Another situation is if an individual is raised on the beliefs of the Republican or Democratic Party, but the presidential candidate for the party doesn’t uphold those beliefs then he/she may not want to vote for them. Due to them having a strong acceptance of their party, they will be less likely to switch their vote to the other party, which, in return, results in them not voting in the presidential
Winston Churchill, the great Nobel Prize winning WWII leader once said, “anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head.” With this statement in mind I will then focus on the age of the voters to evaluate voters party identification tendencies before and after the age of 40. I hypothesis that my findings will show that Churchill’s statement is true. My hypothesis is based on the education of the voter; with more years in the system I am assuming people will tend to vote for less government and less taxation, which the conservative Republican Party strives for. While the younger people will vote for more government and more taxes because of the amenities promised from them, which the liberal Democratic Party embodies. Political experience and simply an interest to be involved in voting plays a large part in my hypothesis as well. The Republican Party is based on a conservative platform, which means it holds value in traditions and conserving past tendencies. Changing with times is something the GOP is not known for thus they have been known to struggle in attempts to appeal to the younger generations immediately. The Democratic Party is based on a liberal platform; this means they are open to changing with time and open to new behavior or opinions while willing to