QUOTE(Mike @ Mar 22 2007, 08:27 AM)
Seeing as 12% (227) of our members who have a listed party affiliation list themselves as Independent, and also that this has been an option for over four years, it is not changing.
Clearly our members affiliate themselves with Independent parties of some form or another.
This is really insignificant. If you disagree with the choices, pick Undisclosed, Other, None, or Private.
First it's because many states allow citizens to register as independents - which I assumed meant unaffiliated (little 'i' and all). Now, it is clearly
because these people must belong to one of the various
Independent parties. Obviously no confusion there.
. And what Independent party are you affiliated with, may I ask?
I made my choice when I signed up. I am not affiliated with a party, so I chose "None" as my party affiliation. I merely stated that some members who are unaffiliated may be choosing Independent as the party affiliation because Independent is a buzzword for those who choose to be unaffiliated. I mean, Overland Sailor has Independent as his Party Affiliation... there isn't a single official party in Missouri with Independent in the name. Perhaps he meant Constitution Party... or maybe the Reform Party (after all, Perot ran as an Independent, didn't he?). So clearly there can be no confusion.
When Lieberman lost the Democratic primary he decided to run as an Independent. Did that mean that he ran as a member of one of these various
Independent parties? Did he run as a member of the Independent American Party? No. A party was created specifically for him.
There are sites such as independentvoting.org
that mention that 35% of Americans identify themselves as independent - meaning unaffiliated with a major political party.
Party Affiliation says something about a members beliefs... their values. You may find that to be insignificant, but I disagree. I believe this is why people believed barnaby might have communist beliefs... because he chose Communist as his Party Affiliation. So what common beliefs do these various
Independent parties have that they get their own distinction as opposed to being simply None
What values do the Green Independents in Maine have in common with the American Independents in California?
We're not wiping out 12% of our stats. It's not changing.
I was under the impression that statistics were only valuable if they had some degree of accuracy. And by the by, eliminating or clarifying the Independent Party Affiliation category does not wipe out
stats... it may shift them to other categories, thereby giving a more accurate representation of the members. But it isn't my site... so...
Jawohl. Maintaining a particular statistical number in one particular category is more important than accurately reflecting what that statistic is supposed to represent. Keeping a confusing category that might be leading to inaccurate statistics simply because it has existed for over four years is equally important. Especially when the option refers to multiple parties that may not espouse the same basic values or beliefs - which, one would think, defeats the purpose in declaring a party affiliation. And, besides... confusion when it comes to party affiliation is insignificant, so I'm told. I stand corrected and apologize for bringing such insignificance to your attention.Long live your 12%!
12% uber alles.
*edited to fix an error regarding Lieberman.