PPIC: “Just the Facts” – Rise of the California Independents


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The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is out with its “Just the Facts” report on the California electorate.

There are some interesting facts about the California voting electorate and political parties.

Some are:

The share of independent voters continues to increase

  • In Total there are 17.2 million California voters—72.3% of eligible adults
  • Democrats numbered 7.4 million (43.4%)
  • Republicans numbered 5.2 million (30.2%)
  • Independent (also known as “decline to state” or “no party preference”) continues to rise: it is now at 21.3% (3.7 million voters), up from 19.4% (3.1 million) in 2008
  • Most likely to vote, 44% are Democrats, 35% are Republicans, and 18% are independents.

California’s top two voting system should support more “independent’ voters since there is really no reason to register one way or another, unless you want to run for partisan office.

Gone are the day of the partisan California June primary elections in “safe” gerrymandered by party legislative and congressional districts.

There are more interesting facts in the report and will revisit them on another post.


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