(Gallup) 63% support a 3rd political party in US

The following is from Gallup News.

Sixty-three percent of U.S. adults currently agree with the statement that the Republican and Democratic parties do “such a poor job” of representing the American people that “a third major party is needed.”

This represents a seven-percentage-point increase from a year ago and is the highest since Gallup first asked the question in 2003.

However, the current measure is not meaningfully different from the prior highs of 61% in 2017 and 62% in 2021, shortly after the January 2021 Capitol Hill riots.

Over the past two decades, majorities of U.S. adults have typically agreed that a third party is needed. The last time this wasn’t the case was in 2012, when Americans were evenly divided.

Gallup also found close divisions in 2006 and 2008 polls. In 2003, a record-low 40% called for a third party when 56% thought the parties were doing “an adequate job of representing the American people.”

The latest data are based on Gallup’s annual Governance poll, conducted Sept. 1-23, 2023, which finds both parties receiving low favorable ratings, as has been the case for most of the past two decades.

More Republicans Want to See a Third Alternative

Typically, political independents are most likely to favor a third party, and that is the case this year, with 75% expressing this view. No less than 70% of independents have said a third U.S. party is needed since 2013.

Most often, support for a third party among Democrats and Republicans is below the majority level. However, this year’s poll shows 58% of Republicans endorsing a third U.S. political party, up from 45% a year ago.

The only other time more Republicans than now expressed support for a third party was in a late January/early February 2021 conducted after the Jan. 6 riots, the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.

There has also been an uptick in support for a third party among Democrats this year, from 40% to 46%, though still less than a majority back the idea.

Although the data are not conclusive due to small sample sizes, both conservative Republicans and moderate/liberal Republicans appear more likely to endorse a third party than they were a year ago. (Continued…)

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7 thoughts on “(Gallup) 63% support a 3rd political party in US”

  1. As a Trump supporter, the FIRST thing that attracted me to him was that the republican party and democrat party fought against him from the beginning, with republicans fighting harder to keep him from getting the nomination than democrats fought against him in the 2016 election.

    And both parties are STILL fighting against him.

    WHEN he’s reelected in 2024, it is my hope that one of the first things he will do is to announce that he is no longer a republican and is forming a third party, inviting other republicans to join him and say good bye to the worthless republican wing of the UniParty.

    1. Trump realized a 3rd party would not be effective other than taking votes from the more conservative party. Knowing Clinton was going to be the democrat candidate, Obama’s choice, he would never win the democrat nomination. Once Trump won, he began moving to a 3rd party. Call it the ‘drain the swamp’ or “America First’ or simply “MAGA” it clearly is NOT the GOP the swamp wants.
      Trump still understands he needs the GOP to win in 2024 but the party is evolving.. Even though Trump backed McCarthy just consider how McCarthy was ousted by many MAGA adherents. Trump needs the GOP at this point and cannot completely alienate it.

  2. There are already plenty of “third” parties. The functionally two party system is deeply entrenched in American politics at all levels, from city, county and state to federal, and that is not likely to change. What we really need at this point is two new major parties, one to replace the Republicans and one to replace the Democrats in the same way that the then-new Republican party replaced the Whigs in the 1850s and quickly got Abraham Lincoln elected President. Both new parties need to be “democratic” in the sense that they are controlled by the rank-and-file party members who directly elect their party leaders instead of being fully controlled by entrenched elites the way they are today.

  3. I don’t see how you can get a third major party when we’ve had several minor parties trying to fill that void for years.. We’ve had the Progressiive, Independent and Libertarian Parties around for years but they never break through to compete with the Democrats or Republicans. Their role remains to reduce the support for one or the other major party.. Until that changes there will be no third major party.

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