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62% Say Third Party is Needed. Highest Mark To Date

Support for Third U.S. Political Party at High Point

You hear it every election cycle. America needs more choices for President, Senate, Congress, Governor, etc. However, a third party has yet to gain traction in American politics since before the Civil War because of the money grab that the duopoly has over the political atmosphere.

Could that be changing according to a recent Gallup Survey?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ desire for a third party has ticked up since last fall and now sits at a high in Gallup’s trend. Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say the “parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed,” an increase from 57% in September. Support for a third party has been elevated in recent years, including readings of 60% in 2013 and 2015 and 61% in 2017.

Meanwhile, 33% of Americans believe the two major political parties are doing an adequate job representing the public, the smallest percentage expressing this view apart from the 26% reading in October 2013.

There has been a steady increase in support for a third party with the majority of Americans asking for this alternative choice.

Third Party support
From Gallup

So, the biggest question is why hasn’t a third party exploded onto the scene? Particularly, in the past few election cycles most Americans have not be happy with the choices for President. So why the nervousness to support a candidate that is not a Republican or Democrat?

Let us know in the comments below.

Even support among Republicans for a third party is at an all time high.

Independents are usually much more likely than Republicans or Democrats to favor a third political party, but in the current poll, Republicans are nearly as likely as independents to hold this view, 63% to 70%. That represents a dramatic shift for Republicans since last September when 40% favored a third party.

Republicans’ current level of support for a third party is also the highest Gallup has measured for Republicans or Democrats in Gallup’s trend. The previous high was 54% for Democrats in 2018. Currently, 46% of Democrats endorse a third party, down from 52% in September.

The Trump Era has taken its toll on the GOP and among independent minded voters.

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  1. For those that have expressed an interest in third parties, I wish they would have included a follow-up question: Have you ever voted for the Libertarian or Green Parties. If not, why not?

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