The Rise of Independent Voters amid Political Polarization

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American politics are plagued with polarization: Democrats and Republicans appear further apart ideologically and, more troublingly, they seem to personally dislike and distrust one another at unprecedented rates. Yet, meanwhile, a growing proportion of Americans don’t identify with either party at all, instead preferring to call themselves independent. What does this mean for how Americans think about politics and how can it help to explain the outcomes of recent Presidential Elections in the USA?

Samara Klar is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy. She studies how individuals’ personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behavior. Her book, Independent Politics, (co-authored with Yanna Krupnikov) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 and her research appears in lots of different journals in political science, including the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion Quarterly, and many others. This work has received several different awards from the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. She founded the website, which promotes work by women in political science and she has provided expert consulting on public opinion and political communication.


Samara Klar
Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy

Peter Loewen
Director of PEARL, Professor in the Department of Political Science & Munk School

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