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The Independent Voter

Aug 22, 2011

A Pew survey from earlier this year shows that a growing number of Americans are choosing not to identify with either party.

These so-called “independent” voters are thought to be key to the President’s re-election, and control of congress.  

But in another Pew poll conducted in late July, only about a third of independent voters said they wanted President Obama to be reelected. And for the first time, a majority of independents disapproved of the job he’s doing.

Maybe the lack of success has to do with a misunderstanding of what an independent voter really is.  Are they really centrist?

Today, where we live, political reporter Anna Sale of WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” joins us to talk about what she’s been learning about indie voters.  We’ll also hear what’s happening with some national organizations trying to coalesce support around independents.