Independents are as polarized as Dems, GOP, political analyst says

Political analyst Bill Schneider said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that independent voters are just as polarized as Republicans and Democrats. 

He said that many that identify as independents always vote for the same side, despite their claims to not be a supporter one party or the other.

"They're as polarized as other voters," Schneider, a former senior political analyst for CNN, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking" on Monday. 

"You have independents who always vote Republican, and you have liberal independents who always vote Democratic, and they're pretty much as locked in as partisans are," he continued. 

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz added that independents who say they lean Democratic or Republican are more reliable voters than self-identifying Republicans and Democrats. 

"You ask them which party do I identify which party do you identify with, and then you ask people who say that they're independent or other which party do you lean towards," Zdunkewicz, managing director at Democracy Corps, said.

"Do you lean more towards the Republican or the Democratic Party, and you see that those leaners, the people who say that I lean more towards the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, are actually more reliable voters for that party than are the people who say that they self-identify Democrat or Republican," she continued. 

— Julia Manchester