Straw Poll: Independent Party’s endorsement affect on Ore. voters

When over 300 Oregon taxpayer activists were asked if the Independent Party endorsement would affect their opinion on issues, 29% said it was more likely. Coincidentally, that is about the same percentage as total combined Independent Party (3%) and non-affiliated voters (21%) presently in the state.  Could  it be that non-affiliated voters are still thinking of the Independent Party as non-affiliated voters, or do the non-affiliated voters truly follow the  lead of the Independent Party?

A half century ago, barely 2 percent of Oregon’s registered voters were neither Democrats nor Republicans. Three decades ago that share had swelled to 14 percent–about one in every seven voters. For the past decade, the “nonaffiliated” voters, as they are officially known, have hovered around 20 percent. Independent Party of Oregon

As of  the Jan. 2011 elections, this Oregon trend remained the same. Nonaffiliated are at 21%. The Independent Party has only 3% of the vote, all other Parties 2 ½%, Republicans with 32% and Democrats still holding the lead with 42%. Oregon State Elections, Jan. 2011

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  • not a betting person

    There must be a point to the above post. What is it?

  • CD1Chair

    In reality, the “Independent Party” should be dismisd as a scam. Last year, this “party” conducted an online Primary, and only about 4,000 of it’s reported 53,000 registered members took part. It’s pretty clear the rest of them signed up as “Independent” /thinking/ they were registering as “Not-Affiliated”.Rather than one of the larger minor parties, it’s actually one of the smallest.

  • Sal

    CD1 Chair – The Independent Party’s historic primary election was the largest minor party nominating process in Oregon history. More people voted in that election than the total membership of 3 minor parties in Oregon. This was the first binding statewide internet-only primary in U.S. history. It was far more successful than ANY of the Internet Primaries conducted by the Elections Assistance Corporation, and we appear to have inspired King County, Washington to conduct an internet primary for some municipal elections. It is the only minor party to have any measurable success in the Oregon legislature, and its candidates are faring much better in one-on-one races with major party candidates than any other minor party in Oregon history.

    By the way, 4-5 percent turnout is considered very good for internet voting, particularly for a first-time election administered at a party’s own expense rather than by the state. If we had the money we would have done vote-by-mail and quadrupled our turnout.

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