Many of my liberal friends think that I am a Republican. But - I'm not. Although I have voted for Republican candidates for president more often than not for many elections now, Republicans do not always get my vote. Often, despite "wasting" my vote, I will vote for Independents. Unless an election is extremely close and I very much dislike one particular candidate (Coleman vs Franken vs Barkley - anyone, anyone?) I prefer to vote for the candidate who I believe would govern more as I would like to be governed - even if the odds are tiny that I get my candidate and my wish.
So, when I saw these stats at Pew today, I was heartened.