More from Arizona Clean Elections Commission
Who AZ Independent Voters Are? According to a study by the Morrison Institute of ASU, Arizona independents are about 37% of all voters and of this group, 73% identified themselves as politically "moderate" and the remainder identified as very conservative or very liberal. so independents represent a broad spectrum of voters, not an cohesive group.
Why Independent? The study notes that independent voters believed they were best placed to change politics at the state and local levels and that because they were not bound to a party, could reduce the current polarization between the parties.
Do Independents Vote? Among the group studied, 76% said they voted in the 2014 election in Arizona, as did 88% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats in the same study. The problem is that according to official reports, the actual number of registered voters who voted in 2014 in Arizona was only 47.5%.
Could Independents Have More Influence in Arizona? Yes. But only if independents VOTE!