I have read polls that appear to say that those who don't explicitly back either party are more conservative ideologically than those who do.
A poll by Gallup shows that independents had a 35% approval for Biden overall compared with a roughly 44% approval among non-independents . I have seen this trend show up in other polls as well. If I recall correctly, every presidential and midterm House election generic ballot since 2008 (except in 2020) showed Independents being more Republican than the national average.
Are independents in the United States more likely to take conservative policy stances than those who identify with either major political party overall? Why or why not?