Poll: Most Americans Want A Third Major Political Party

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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According to a new poll conducted by Gallup, 60 percent of Americans believe a third major political party is needed in Washington, D.C. because the current two parties "do such a poor job" of representing their constituents. Just 38 percent of 1,025 respondents said that the current parties in power are doing an adequate job.

The statistics come as no surprise given the dominance of so-called ‘outsider’ candidates in the 2016 election campaign. Hillary Clinton, the longtime favorite as the establishment candidate for the Democratic party, is being usurped in several states by Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Though Sanders has decades of experience on Capitol Hill, he’s seen as an outsider for his rejection of Super PAC’s and democratic socialist message.

On the opposite side of the aisle, the same trend holds true. Despite the controversial nature of his candidacy, Donald Trump has been dominating the polls. In most surveys, he’s followed by Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina. Neither Trump, Fiorina nor Carson has experience in government, but they continue to reign over the other candidates, who have either worked on Capitol Hill or served as governor.

The only other time the demand for a third major party was this high was in October 2013, but at that point only 56 percent of respondents called for a third party, Global Research reported. Although 47 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans want another major political party, 78 percent of Independents seek a third party.

Sources: Gallup, Global Research / Photo credit: Elliott P./Flickr