“Independents are typically far more likely to prefer a third party political party than Republicans or Democrats, but in the latest poll, Republicans are almost as likely to have that view as independents, 63% to 70%,” writes Gallup. “That’s a dramatic change for Republicans since last September when 40% favored a third party.” The Republicans’ current support for a third party is also a high water mark for both parties.
In the same poll, the GOP’s favoritism rating had fallen to just 37% (almost entirely due to a drop in Republican support) and the number of respondents who identified as independent hit an all-time high of 50%.
In general, support for third party education has fluctuated between 59% and 60% since October 2013, when Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz implemented a 16-day government shutdown to repeal Obamacare – by reading Green’s Eggs and Ham in the Senate. So dissatisfaction with the ability of the US government to meet the needs of the American people under the current system has been brewing for nearly a decade.
When Gallup first asked a third party question in 2003, most Americans said the two parties adequately represented the public with 56%, while 40% favored the formation of an additional party.
If you’re interested in a recent discussion about whether the conditions are ripe for the formation of a potential third party, I happened to write last week.