A recent Gallup survey found 40 percent of voters nationwide claim to be independent. That's several points higher than those who identify as staunch Democrats or Republicans. Linda Wilson is among those independents.
"I've always considered voting a straight-party ticket to be pretty lazy."
The 52-year-old Houston paralegal describes her independence in terms that may sound familiar.
"I tend to be somewhat fiscally conservative, and somewhat socially liberal."
She says there are good candidates and bad candidates in both major parties. But she admits to leaning more Democratic lately over issues like healthcare, education, and economic assistance.