A majority of voters in a national poll released Monday say they vote for a candidate rather than their political party.
Sixty-seven of Hill-HarrisX poll respondents said they would prefer to vote for a candidate, regardless of political affiliation. A third of respondents – 33% – are in favor of a vote strictly by party.
An equal percentage of Republicans and Democrats – 59% – said they would favor candidates over any political party, suggesting they would be more likely to vote for candidates from different political parties in this called split-ticket voting.
Independents, meanwhile, naturally consider candidate rather than political party, with 85% saying they would vote based on candidate rather than political party.
The answers come even as voters increasingly vote for the same party over the past decade.
The Washington Post reported that the 2016 presidential election saw the highest percentage of direct-ticket voters in over a century. The 34 states with Senate races voted for the same party for the upper house as for president.
The 2018 midterm elections also saw an increase in direct voting.
According to polling website FiveThirtyEight, the difference between margins in gubernatorial and state Senate races has shrunk 10 points over the past election cycle, indicating a drop in the number of split-ticket voters. . This finding was the smallest median difference of any midpoint result dating back to at least 1990.
This trend is part of a heightened sense of partisanship on Capitol Hill on a number of issues, particularly impeachment.
President Trump’s trial in the GOP-led Senate is set to begin this week and his party remains largely behind him. While some Democrats have split with their party on the issue, all House Republicans have voted against the articles of impeachment the Senate is about to consider, which include abuse of power and obstruction of government. Congress. Some Senate Republicans have voiced support for calling witnesses at trial, but none have signaled support for the president’s impeachment.
The Hill-HarrisX poll surveyed 1,001 registered voters between Jan. 13-14. There is a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.