Keller @ Large: Moderate Independents On The Rise

December 31, 1969 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Moderate Independents On The Rise
" BOSTON (CBS) – From time to time I get e-mails from listeners and viewers telling me I’m too negative, that these little get-togethers of ours too often convey bad news about the world we live in.

And while I don’t like hearing that, the truth is, I generally cover the most ugly, nasty, divisive topic there is — politics.

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What did you expect, sweetness and light?

But today I’m glad to say I have some of that elusive good news for you.

A new national poll from the Pew Research Center finds that even as Democrats and Republicans are becoming more ideologically extreme and polarized, they are the exception, not the rule.

Nearly four in ten of us now identify themselves as independents, up sharply over the past decade.

And close to half of those independents describe themselves as “moderate,” suggesting that the swelling ranks of independents are a direct reaction to the immoderation and zealotry of the partisans, who are becoming ever more harsh and adamant about their ideology.

As one of those moderate independents, I call this good news "

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