Chris Cilizza, a Washington Post political reporter, runs a fun and interesting blog at The Fix. He has a post up today that takes a close look at independent voters and sorts them into four categories: disguised Ds, disguised Rs, detached, and defibrillators (true independents).
Well, I've voted for both Democrats and Republicans (and others) for the White House, so I'd think I'm not really a disguised D or disguised R, but you never know.
Here's why I think I match up with the true independents, whose policy preferences are:
- 62 percent want to hold the line on spending rather than spend more in an effort to create jobs;
- A majority favor legal abortion and gay marriage;
- Most volunteer that “neither” party does a better job representing their views on taxes, or foreign policy. They feel especially strongly that neither party is working for them on the economy and the deficit.
That is 3 out of 3 for me. I especially agree with the last policy point.
By contrast, I'm about 0.5 out of 2 with disguised Republicans, maybe 2.5 out of 6 with disguised Democrats, and about 2.5 out of 5 with the detached crowd.