The percentages of everyday Americans describing themselves as “Democrat” or “Republican” are near historic lows for both political parties, according to a new poll.
Twenty-six percent, meanwhile, defined themselves as Republicans in 2015. That is just 1 point above the party’s low of 25 percent in 2013, Gallup said.
About four in 10 U.S. adults now say they are political independents, pollsters found. Approximately 42 percent used that label in 2015.
Though fewer people are claiming affiliation with either party, Democrats maintain the voting edge when independents are factored in. Roughly 16 percent of independents say they lean Democratic.