Gallup: Third-party support at all-time high
A recent Gallup poll has found that support for a third party is at an all-time high.
The poll, which surveyed 906 individuals between January 29 and February 2, found that 62% of respondents think that the Republican and Democrat “parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed.” This is up from 57% support back in September.
The previous high-water mark for third-party support, 61%, was back in September 2017. Gallup began recording support for third parties in 2003.
The survey also found that 63% of Republicans favor a third party, the highest that Gallup has ever recorded. Back in September, this support was only at 40%. This comes amid as a battle rages within the GOP to decide which direction it should go in following former President Donald Trump‘s 2020 election loss.
According to Gallup, “[i]ndependents 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%.”
The survey found, too, that 50% of respondents identified as independents.
Democrats, on the other hand, their highest-recorded support for a third party was 54% in 2018, which in the latest poll was at 46% and down from 52% in September.
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