PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A record 42 percent of Americans identified themselves political independents in 2013, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated.
While the percentage of self-professed independents rose, Republican identification fell to 25 percent and Democratic identification was at 31 percent, results indicated.
The Princeton, N.J., polling agency said the independent percentage was the highest it has measured since it began conducting telephone interviews 25 years ago. Gallup said the Republican identification percentage was the lowest for the same period while the Democratic identification matched the lowest percentage.
Gallup said Americans' shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party. The polling agency theorized the rise in political independence likely comes from Americans' record or near-record negative views of the two major political parties and Congress, and their low level of trust in government.
Results are based on nationwide aggregated telephone interviews from 13 Gallup polls conducted in 2013 with a random sample of 18,871 adults. The margin of error is 1 percentage point.