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More Independent Voters Than Democrats And Republicans

Figures obtained in a recent Gallup poll show that more voters identify as independents than Democrats or Republicans.

Based on data from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 44 percent of those polled said they were an independent.

The figure was 28 percent for the Republicans and 25 percent for the Democrats.

Gallup's data goes back to 2004, when only 35 percent of participants identified themselves as independents in a survey conducted between Jan. 9 and Jan. 11. The figures for the Republicans and Democrats were 33 percent and 31 percent respectively.

The designation given by a voter has a major impact on how they view politics. In the Gallup poll reported by The Washington Post, the Trump administration received an 86 percent approval rating from Republicans.

However, just 8 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of independents were happy with the job he was doing.

A similar picture emerges on specific policies. While 83 percent of Republicans backed President Donald Trump's travel ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, just 14 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents did so, according to a Feb. 2 Gallup poll reported by The Washington Post.

On Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border, 80 percent of Republicans said they were in favor. Eight percent of Democrats and 39 percent of independents agreed with the idea. Overall, this amounted to 38 percent support for Trump's border wall.

Doubts are growing about whether the wall can be completed. A Feb. 17 opinion article in The Wall Street Journal noted that the federal government would have to own the close to 2,000 miles of land along the Mexico border, but most of it is in private hands, The Hill reports.

Trump estimated the cost of the wall at $10 billion and John Kelly, the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said he wants to have it built within two years.

Jeb Bush, who ran against Trump for the Republican nomination, questioned such plans in a Feb. 17 tweet that included a link to The Wall Street Journal piece.

"Reality sets in," Bush wrote, according to The Hill.

Sources: Gallup, The Washington Post, The Hill / Photo credit: Matt Johnson/Wikimedia Commons

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