If your 2012 presidential vote is still up for grabs, you're not alone, says UC Irvine political science professor Russell Dalton. "Today about 40 percent of Americans claim they're independent of either party," he says, referencing a historical high in modern public opinion polling. "The new independents follow politics, and they will turn out to vote nearly as much as partisans. They have no loyalty to either side and will make up their minds late in the game."

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