A study released by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies has found that younger blacks are <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/10/30/MN59492.DTL">less likely to identify as Democrats than in the past</a>. The survey's findings come at a time when black members of Congress are saying they would rather not be identified solely as "black leaders," and as black voters are diversifying in opinion and national origin. Blacks have long been thought of as a monolithic voting block. A shift has been appearing for some time. Its cause isn't clear. Are the efforts of the Republican party finally paying off? Are young blacks reflecting changes that are fostered throughout society? Or is this another example of the growing divide between the major political parties and America? Through it all, one thing has remained the same, Clinton's 81% approval rate. And remembering to avoid a false dichotomy, does this imply a rise in the Republican ranks or simply more fuel for independents?