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   Unmasking the Disguised Partisans

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7/18/2007 9:00 pm

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Entered 7/18/2007, Updated 7/18/2007

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Although they call themselves independents, Disguised Partisans consistently take positions aligned with one of the major parties, and overwhelmingly vote for that party's candidates. This group comprises about a quarter of all political independents. More than eight in 10 Disguised Democrats lean toward the Democratic Party; about the same number of Disguised Republicans lean toward the GOP. Disguised Partisans also mirror their avowed partisan counterparts on ideology, both socially and fiscally, and have favorable views of "their party." So why don't these closet partisans affiliate with the party they most often agree with?


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