WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether it's the republicans or the democrats, American political parties are far from beloved. Yet most people continue to align with one or the other.

Those who claim allegiance to the parties say they are driven by a mix of inertia, preference for one side's policies over the other and feeling that one can depart from the party line when necessary. that's according to an Associated Press-GFK poll. Despite heated politics, few say they prefer one party out of dislike for the other.

But affiliation doesn't always equal admiration: one-quarter of republicans and 13 percent of democrats say they dislike their own party. 

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