The Washington Times - January 8, 2014, 08:30AM

A record number people are now identifying themselves as independents, while the number of people that identify as Republicans has dipped to a new low, according to 25 years of Gallup polling.

Gallup said Wednesday that its polls from 2013 showed that 42 percent of Americans described themselves as independents, the highest percentage since it started asking the question more than two decades ago.

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The number of people that identified as Republicans, meanwhile, sank to a recorded low of 25 percent, while 31 percent of the respondents said they were Democrats.

“Americans’ increasing shift to independent status has come more at the expense of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party,” the Gallup analysis says. “Republican identification peaked at 34 percent in 2004, the year George W. Bush won a second term in office. Since then, it has fallen nine percentage points, with most of that decline coming during Bush’s troubled second term.”