On Thursday, we threw some cold water on the idea that Americans are becoming more politically independent — even as a new Gallup poll showed a record number of people claim the I-word as their political affiliation.

Well on Friday, the very same pollster shows that the rise in “independents” clearly does not mean a rise in “moderates” or even a decrease in partisanship. In fact, quite the opposite.

The poll shows a record low number of Americans now identify as “moderates” — at least going back to 1992. And perhaps more illustrative, a record high number of Americans identify as “liberal.”


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