This doesn’t mean these Republicans and Republican-leaners are necessarily switching sides, though. Positive reception of the Democratic Party from GOP voters only grew by two percent to a meager 11 in this last six months, and was unchanged among Republican leaners (38). Each group’s dissatisfaction with both parties shot up dramatically, too.
"Republican leaners […] in recent years have consistently expressed more negative views of the GOP than Democratic leaners have of the Democratic Party."
Still, this mutual drop from each party’s independent supporters could be the reason why fresh faces are gaining in both the Republican and Democratic Party’s hunt for presidential candidates. Says Pew’s Samantha Smith:
"The rise of ‘outsider’ presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has focused attention on the level of political frustration in the United States."
Trump holds a notable lead (11.3 percent) within the large slate of Republican candidates for president. Sanders still remains behind Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but moved from 5.9 percent support to 25 since the April announcement of his campaign.