The following analysis was completed by DPE based on an October 2016 attitudinal
survey of 1,004 professional and technical employees. Here, the responses of 152 professionals
who described their political views as completely independent are separately analyzed and, in
part, compared to Democrats and Republicans.
Among the 152 respondents: 70% were employed in the private, for-profit sector; 21%
were employed in the public sector; 44% were aged 45 and over; 40% were employed in
engineering, business, finance, computer, and math occupations; 60% were White; 14% were
Black or African American; and 47% earned under $75,000 per year.
68% of Independents described their approach to issues as “moderate.” 17% indicated
their approach was conservative and 15% indicated their approach was liberal.
Independents were a complex group of professionals. While they were skeptical about the
benefits of joining together in union, they did not share the strong anti-union sentiments held by
Republicans. Ultimately, Independents were open to the benefits of joining together, but will
require evidence that unions can deliver.
Additional data and analysis is available for DPE affiliated unions and their staff.
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