Charlie Cook, famous political analyst, has this column at National Journal, on the difference between independent voters and moderate voters. He highlights what had already been reported, that in the November 2012 election, Mitt Romney carried independent voters by a margin of 50%-45%, with 5% of independents voting for minor party presidential nominees.
But, President Obama carried moderate voters, 56%-41%, with 3% of moderates voting for minor party presidential nominees.
In the U.S. House races, independents supported Republicans more than Democrats by 7%, but moderates supported Democrats more than Republicans by 16%.
These figures make it clear that independent voters and moderate voters are not the same. This fact ought to be faced by the California business community, the Chamber of Commerce, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the editors of most of California’s large daily newspapers, all of whom constantly told the public in 2010 that independents and moderates are the same people and that only a top-two system would enhance the power of moderates. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.