Yet Another Poll: Almost 60% Say Third Party is Needed, Only 35% Say Democrats and Republicans are Adequate

On the heels of the NYT/CBS poll I highlighted yesterday, which showed over 50% support for a third party alternative to the Republicans and Democrats, a new Gallup poll confirms the sentiment. From Gallup:
Americans' desires for a third political party are as high as they have been in seven years. Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe a third major political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic Parties do a poor job of representing the American people. That is a significant increase from 2008 and ties the high Gallup has recorded for this measure since 2003. . . .

The desire for a third party is fairly similar across ideological groups, with 61% of liberals, 60% of moderates, and 54% of conservatives believing a third major party is needed. . . .

Independents, as might be expected given their lack of primary allegiance to either of the two major parties, express a greater degree of support (74%) for a third party than do Republicans (47%) and Democrats (45%). Over time, independents have consistently been the political group most eager to see a third party formed.

2 comments:

Bret “Ginx” Alan said...

If only there was anything resembling consensus on what the third (or fourth? fifth?) party's platform ought to be.

Ross Levin said...

Probably not. But I would love to see a few emerge that are moderately successful. For instance, the Greens have a good chance of electing a few people to state legislatures this year, and that's a great start for them.

 
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