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14 October 2010

ICYMI: 49% of Democrats and 46% of Republicans Want a Viable Third Party

It's election season. The campaigns are running on all cylinders, and everyday a new poll comes out that political parties use to demonstrate their candidates' support among the voters.

Wednesday, a new poll was released, but I doubt you'll hear the Democrats or Republicans touting its results. Why? Because the poll says even Democrats and Republicans are sick of the Democratic and Republican parties. A survey of 4,047 likely voters say that most want more choice at the ballot box.

Fifty-four percent of respondents in The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll said they’d like an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.

That number rose to 67 percent for self-identified independents. But even a plurality in the established parties — 49 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans — said they’d like another choice.

Miller, Sean J. (2010-10-13). POLL: Majority of voters say they want a viable third party in American politics. The Hill. Retrieved on 2010-10-14.

These numbers don't surprise me one bit.

The question is how do we build a viable third party and, more importantly, how do we overcome the legal hurdles that both Democrats and Republicans have put in place to keep a viable third party off the ballot and away from the voters?

The second question is easier to answer than the first. Very simply, we give voters more choice by loosening the restrictions that make it difficult for unaffiliated candidates to get on the ballot.

As for the first question: how do we build a viable third party? The jury's still out on that, but I'll let you know what I come up with.