HALF of Americans now identify as Independents. This is a record-high in Gallup polling. And a huge jump since the election. This disaffiliation from the two major parties is very dangerous for democracy. It reveals deep, deep dissatisfaction. https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx
I confess, I have never understood why people feel the need to affiliate with a specific party in the first place. Every political party, that I know of, has inherently malleable ideology that changes every few years.