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What accounts for the increase in Independent party voters from 1962 - 1976??

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  • Steve
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    The biggest thing would certainly be the Vietnam War. It was a war begun and expanded by Democrats, and then further expanded by Republicans. Anti-war voters had no party to turn to. Plus, the dates you give are almost exactly the dates of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

    Of secondary importance, I would say primarily the civil rights movement, and the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1968.

    When he signed it, Johnson is said to have commented that he just delivered the South to the Republicans for the forseeable future. Of course, they wouldn't just switch parties, but would register as independents.

  • 1 decade ago

    This is a very interesting and intriguing question. I'm wondering what caused you to launch it?

    There are a number of factors. Overall during this period the American people as a whole lost faith in the ability of the central government and BOTH parties to lead our nation. Specific influences begin with but are not limited to:

    The failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs

    The missiles of October

    The Viet Nam War

    The burned cities and violence of the civil rights movement

    The rise of Feminism

    The surge in the drug culture with its ensuing crime and murder

    ML King and R. Kennedy violent deaths


    The oil crisis

    The taking of American hostages in Iran

    This is just a short list of failures totally owned and semi created by the Dems and Reps. These are the contributing factors for the rise of Independent voters during this period.

  • 1 decade ago

    That is the era that the Democratic party changed from a conservative party to a liberal party. Democrats unhappy with that conversion opted to go independent.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    George Wallace.

    (He might have won the election if they hadn't shot him.)

    He would have at the least beat Humphery.

    He was tearing the Democrats new ones.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    corruption in the white house & congress

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