"Freelancing in America: 2016" is the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. independent workforce. How many Americans are freelancing? Why? What is their potential impact on elections? This study, conducted by an independent research firm and commissioned in partnership by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, surveyed more than 6,000 U.S. workers to answer these questions and more. Results showed that more people than ever are choosing to freelance -- 55 million this year, or 35% of the total U.S. workforce.