CONCORD, N.H., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Voters are more unhappy with the mainstream and pushing their parties farther apart, recent polls revealed.
A new CNN poll showed that increasing numbers of GOP voters consider themselves "very conservative." An eight-point jump from the last presidential election, at 29 percent, up from 21 percent in 2012. Meanwhile about half of Democrats want a candidate who will be more liberal than President Barack Obama.
Democrats also said in the same poll that "electability" mattered very little, or just 13 percent of voters supporting it.
An NBC poll revealed a large majority -- or 68 percent -- of Democratic voters in the Granite State said Sen. Sanders was "about right" on the issues with only 26 percent saying he is "too liberal."
An ABC poll showed almost half of Republicans wanted a candidate "outside the political establishment" and that was backed up by another CNN poll that revealed half of GOP voters also said they felt betrayed by politicians in their own party.
However, while the parties appear to be drifting farther apart, independents played a bigger role, with about one-third of voters in the Republican primary being independents and about forty percent of voters in the Democratic primary being independents.