ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A record-high 42 percent of Americans consider themselves politically independent, according to a new Gallup poll.
This new data mean that 42 percent of Americans don't consider themselves either Republican or Democrat.
On the other hand, the new poll shows that only 25 percent of those surveyed consider themselves a Republican, which is a record-low percentage.
Despite the numbers, voters in Virginia, who are not required to register with a party to vote, said making their voice heard is what matters the most.
"It's a right that a lot of people died for us to have, and if you don't use that right, you're going to lose that right. You have no reason, you have no opportunity to complain about what's going on if you didn't vote," shared Virginia Voter, Tom Luzynski.
The numbers for Democrats remained relatively the same over the last four years at about 31 percent.
The poll shows the number of independent voters increased late in 2013.
That increase happened around the same time as the government shutdown along with the the weak introduction of the new health care law.
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