Is there Really Such a Thing as a Political "Independent"?

At his blog, We're Only Human, science writer Wray Herbert has an interesting piece about new research suggesting that the term "independent" may be something of a misnomer -- those using the term want to appear objective, but they may be just as partisan as those self-identifying as Republican or Democrat. From the post:

The results were intriguing—and politically significant. As Hawkins reported this week at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, in Chicago, self-proclaimed Independents are not as independent-minded as they claim they are. In fact, Independents vary greatly in their unconscious partisanship, and they make partisan political judgments in line with their implicit political identities. Among the self-proclaimed Independents, those who unconsciously identified with Democrats preferred the liberal welfare plan, while the implicit Republicans had a clear preference for the conservative welfare plan. In other words, they acted like liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans even if they refused to accept any political labels.

Read the entire post at We're Only Human

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Posted on May 28, 2012 .