I feel like politically engaged Americans are less likely to identify as independent. This is because parties actually sort of stand for something in a way that they didn't so much 30 years ago.
Is that true?
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Here is a study about this question. In particular it says:
Independents – particularly the 7% of Americans who don’t lean toward a party – are less politically engaged than partisans. In a survey conducted shortly after the November 2018 midterm election, just a third of those who don’t lean toward either party (33%) reported voting. Democratic leaners (48%) and Republican leaners (54%) were considerably more likely to say they voted, though both groups reported lower rates of voting than partisans.