Voters Want a Third Party
54% of Americans want an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. The question remains as to what kind of third party they want.
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.
This is hardly a surprise. First, the electorate is currently (to use the technical political science term) pissed off at mainline political parties at the moment. Second, who doesn’t like more choice?
The thing that especially strikes me, however, is that if voters want third parties then they have to be willing to vote for them, which American voters have manifestly been unwilling to do.
Another thing that is noteworthy: while votes frequently talk about how they want a third party, the question remains as to what kind of third party they want.