CHAPEL HILL — There's a rising number of people who identify themselves as independent voters, and a professor at UNCG thinks he may know why.
According to The Daily Tarheel, 40 percent of voters nationally and 26 percent in N.C. now identify outside of the Democratic and Republican parties.
Omar Ali, co-founder of the N.C. Independents and a UNCG history professor released a study in August that found about 75 percent of college-aged students at North Carolina's public and private schools that were surveyed identified as independent, no matter how they were registerred, The Daily Tarheel reported.
“One thing they share in common is that more and more people feel that the parties are actually the primary obstacle to progress in America,” Ali said.