September 20, 2018
Is a third major political party here?
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – For the first time, California voters registered as independents outnumber Republicans.

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found that the share of registered independents has more than doubled since the November 1994 gubernatorial election. Over the same period, the percentage of voters affiliated with each major party has fallen.

Independents are at 25.5% (or 4.85 million), Republicans 25.1% while the share of Democrats has risen to 44.4 percent of all registered voters.

Most independent voters have unfavorable views of both the Democratic Party (58%) and the Republican Party (69%).

On many issues that divide voters along party lines, independent likely voters tend to agree with Democrats.

Heading toward the November election, the PPIC found independents prefer Gavin Newsom, the Democrat, to John Cox, the Republican.

Independents are also known as “decline to state” or “no party preference” voters.
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