The associate director of a national polling firm says many of the 234,000 Nebraskans who are registered “non-partisan” voters aren’t necessarily “swing voters.”
“They are more or less closet partisans and they feel very negatively about the opposing party,” according to Carroll Doherty is with the Pew Research Center.
“If they lean towards a party, as most independents do, either lean toward the Republican or the Democratic party, they don’t want to affiliate because they don’t have a particularly fond view of that party but they also dislike the other side even more.”
“We knew that people had grown increasingly to dislike the opposing party,” he says. “The question we had was, was it getting personal, and to a degree, it is.”
More than 48% of registered voters in Nebraska are Republicans, nearly 31% are Democrats and 20% are registered as “non-partisan” voters.
There are more than 566,000 registered Republican voters in Nebraska and 360,000 Nebraskans are registered Democrats. A new national survey indicates those partisans have a pretty negative view of people who’re in the opposing party.
Doherty’s research shows 70% of Democrats consider Republicans “closed minded,” while nearly half of Republicans consider Democrats to be “more immoral and dishonest” and “lazier.”
By O. Kay Henderson