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A Growing Number Of Americans Want A Viable Third Party Option

October 11, 2013 by  

As the government shutdown continues to highlight the dysfunction between Republican and Democratic lawmakers, Americans are increasingly coming to believe that the Nation is in need of a viable third-party option.

According to a poll from Gallup, 60 percent of Americans say a third party option is needed for voters based on the poor job that Democrats and Republicans are doing. The polling agency says that is the highest number of Americans wishing for a third party in the 10-year history of this question.

Meanwhile, a new low of 26 percent of Americans feel the two major parties adequately represent Americans.

Split along party lines, 52 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats said that a third party is needed.

According to Gallup, the previous record for support of a third party option for voters was recorded in August 2010. Shortly thereafter, the year’s midterm elections occurred, with voters showing heavy support for Tea Party candidates.

While Americans may want a third party option in coming elections, Gallup notes: “Structural factors in the U.S. election system and the parties’ own abilities to adapt to changing public preferences have helped the Republican and Democratic parties to remain the dominant parties in U.S. government for more than 150 years. Third parties that have emerged to challenge their dominance have not been able to sustain any degree of electoral success.”

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