More and more Americans are detaching from political parties and identifying themselves as independents.
A new Gallup poll shows that 42 percent of Americans registered independent -- more than ever before.
The increasing shift seems to be coming at the expense of the republican party, the poll showed, because the number of people who called themselves republican in 2013 was down to its lowest point -- 25 percent.
It's not uncommon to see the number of Independents rise in a non-election year, but the trends show it's steadily rising.
In South Dakota, though, independents are far from taking over. They account for just 6 percent of registered voters.