Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Growth of Independents

Independents and Political Parties

Unite America Executive Director Nick Troiano talked about why a growing number of people are attracted to independent candidates. He used Alaskan Governor Bill Walker (I-AK) as an example of how independent elected officials govern.

Description

Unite America Executive Director Nick Troiano talked about why a growing number of citizens are choosing not to belong to a political party and to identify as an independent. In these two clips, he provides reasons for this trend. He also uses Governor Bill Walker (I-AK) as example on what it means to govern as an independent.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is meant by being politically independent?
  • Describe the percentage of people who describe themselves as independent in the United States.
  • What reasons might people give for identifying as independent?
  • How is Alaskan Governor Bill Walker an example of an independent politician?
  • What is the significance of independents outnumbering members of political parties?
  • According to Mr. Troiano, what reasons do people often give for belonging to a political party?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Affiliation
    • Cabinet
    • Independent
    • Negative Partisanship
    • Political Party
    • Poll
    • Unity Ticket

    Topics

    AP U.S. Government Key TermsPolitical Parties

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity