(POLITICO) — A record-high percentage of Americans identified themselves as independents in 2011, according to a survey released Monday.

Indeed, 40 percent of voters identified as independent — the highest percentage in at least 60 years, reports Gallup.

The figure of 40 percent narrowly beats out independent political identification in 2007, when it stood at 39 percent, and stands even higher than when Ross Perot made his independent bid for the presidency in 1992.

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