The last election cycle was peculiar. Baseless allegations of fraud were far more than ever before made and most of these allegations came from the then incumbent President and candidate to his own re-election on the Republican party ticket, Donald Trump and his “Make America Great Again” or “MAGA” supporters . In the aftermath of this heated electoral process, third party support has risen considerably as confidence in the two dominant parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party eroded further. This article by Jeffrey M. Jones reporting the results of this new survey is published by Gallup. Here is an excerpt:
Americans’ desire for a third party has ticked up since last fall and now sits at a high in Gallup’s trend. Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say the “parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed,” an increase from 57% in September. Support for a third party has been elevated in recent years, including readings of 60% in 2013 and 2015 and 61% in 2017.
Meanwhile, 33% of Americans believe the two major political parties are doing an adequate job representing the public, the smallest percentage expressing this view apart from the 26% reading in October 2013.
The latest results are from a Jan. 21-Feb. 2 poll. The survey was conducted before recent news reports that dozens of government officials in prior Republican administrations were in discussions to form an anti-Donald Trump third political party.
Read the full article here.