Gallup’s data since 2003 shows a steady rise in support for a third party among both Democrats and Republicans.
There is growing bipartisan support for a third major political party.
WHY IT MATTERS – The rise in support for a third party reflects widespread dissatisfaction with the current political system’s failure to represent people’s interests and values.
THE NUMBERS – A Gallup poll from Sept. 1 – Sept. 23, asked Americans if the Republican and Democratic parties do such a poor job that a third major party is needed. It revealed the following:
- 63% say a third major party is needed, up from 56% last year
- 34% say a third major party is not needed, down from 40% last year
Support for a third political party crosses party lines:
- 58% of Republicans, up by 13 points
- 46% of Democrats, up by 6 points
- 75% of Independents, same as last year
Republicans’ support for a third party varies depending on whether a Republican or Democrat is in the White House, but Gallup’s data since 2003 shows a steady rise in support for a third party among both Democrats and Republicans.
THE BOTTOM LINE – Bipartisan discontent is growing among Americans who believe that both major political parties are failing to represent the people effectively.
GO DEEPER – Support for Third U.S. Political Party Up to 63%