Poll: Less than 50% of Americans Support the Democratic-Republican Two-Party State and Duopoly System of Government

The recent NYT/CBS poll comparing the opinions of tea party activists with those of the general public asked respondents whether they agree with those who support third party and independent alternatives to the ruling Democratic-Republican two-party state. 46% of all respondents answered in the affirmative, compared with 40% of tea partisans. The poll inquired:
Some people say the country needs a third political party – a new party to compete with the Democratic and Republican parties. Do you agree or disagree?

Tea Party: Agree 40%, Disagree 52%, Don't Know 8%
General: Agree 46%, Disagree 48%, Don't Know 6%
To reiterate: among the general public, only 48% of those surveyed support the Democratic-Republican two-party state and duopoly system of government. Taken together, the Democratic and Republican Parties do not garner the support of a majority of Americans, but they control 99% of elected offices! Is it any wonder that more Americans choose not to vote than vote for Democrats or Republicans, for the corporatist oligarchy that they represent, for the continued empowerment of the ruling criminal-political class?

While the propagandists of the Democratic and Republican Parties, in conjunction with the corporate media, seek to persuade us that roughly half of Americans support Democrats while the other half support Republicans – according to the myth of the so-called Red State-Blue State divide –, in reality, only about 50% of the public supports the Republican or Democratic Party, while roughly 50% desire something other than the dictatorship of Democratic-Republican Party government.

The only wasted vote is a vote for a Democrat or a Republican. Political freedom and independence today begins with freedom and independence from the Democratic and Republican Parties. Support alternatives, vote third party and independent.


Samuel Wilson said...

The funny thing, as you politely decline to note, is that tea partiers are less independent minded than the rest of us. But maybe it's all in the phrasing. Had the question been limited to the desirability of a third party and not included the fear-word "Democratic," I suspect that more tea partiers would have agreed. But since they've chosen to define themselves almost entirely by opposition to the Democrats, they really aren't that independent, are they? As for the rest of us, the challenge remains the same: to find the courage to choose representatives who don't have the credentials that only the Bipolarchy can issue, but might earn our confidence to do better.

d.eris said...

Thanks for bringing that up. I thought the difference might also be a result of targeted polling and an oversampling of Republicans in a search for enough tea party sympathizers for the purposes of the poll. Yet, even though those tea partisans aren't as independent as the general population, 40% still support a third party alternative!

Interestingly, we might also be able to ascribe a statistically significant (-6%) effect to the GOP and friends' propaganda campaign in favor of lesser-evilism.

Declaring independence really is a question of political courage, resisting a lifetime of duopolist ideological indoctrination.