Poll: Majority of Americans Want a Third Major Political Party


If you’re not a big fan of the political status quo, you’re not alone. A majority of Americans believe a third major political party is needed.

According to a Gallup poll, 58 percent of U.S. adults say a third major political party is needed. It seems they believe the major parties “do such a poor job” representing Americans.

As you might expect, independents are most interested in having a third party. About seven in 10 (71 percent) support this idea.

Interestingly, a considerable portion of Democrats and Republicans also support this concept. Forty-seven percent of Democrats would prefer having a third major party in the mix. A nearly equal percentage (46) of Republicans feel the same way.

Meanwhile, recent support for third-party candidates could be a manifestation of this desire.

Libertarian Robert Sarvis polled at around 13 percent as a gubernatorial candidate in Virginia. And in Florida, Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is garnering eight percent support in the gubernatorial election. Of course, these aren’t high enough percentages to win the election, but considering that it is a third party, the results could be interpreted as somewhat of a success.

Tom Tancredo also generated significant support as a gubernatorial candidate in Colorado. The American Constitution Party candidate received 37 percent of the vote in 2010.

What do you think? Is it time for a third major political party? If so, which party should that be?