Independents more likely to vote in presidential elections than midterms, says conservative analyst

Conservative analyst Henry Olsen said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that Independents are less likely to vote in midterm elections than they are in presidential elections. 

"Independents tend to be less engaged, they tend to be lower-knowledge, they tend to be obviously less partisan, even if they vote, they lean in one consistent way or another, and they tend to be the highest share of presidential-only voters," Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha. 

"We have people that are highly partisan, get highly engaged. People who are not highly partisan are not highly engaged," he continued. 

Olsen was responding to a recent Harvard Institute of Politics Youth Poll, which found that only 24 percent of Independent voters said they were likely to vote in next week's midterm elections.

Twenty-four percent of Independents also said in the same poll last April that they were likely to vote in the midterms.

"It doesn't terribly surprise me because it's exactly the pool that ramps out in the presidential years," Olsen said, referring to the survey. 

The poll found that Republicans and Democrats appeared to be more likely to vote, with 54 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Republicans saying they were "likely to vote" in next week's midterms. 

— Julia Manchester