The Daily Callertells us that according to new survey, nearly half of Americans support a third party candidate – but not just any third party candidate, as you'll read below.
46% of folks surveyed by Gallup answered in the affirmative to the question of whether the country was in need of a viable third party option. "Americans generally tend to support the idea that a third major party is needed on the American political scene, " writes Gallup, while noting that currently support for such a choice is lower than it's been in the last two years.
Regarding this year's field of third party candidates, however – be it libertarian Gary Johsnon, the Green Party's Jill Stein, or Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party – none manage to garner more than 1% of the hypothetical vote. The two major party candidates (need we even say their names?), on the other hand, together attract 93% of the total share of support from likely voters.
"Despite Americans' attitudes," Gallup observes, "no third-party candidate who garners a significant level of support has emerged."
Via The Daily Caller and Gallup.
@Thunderchicken Realizing that the deficit is as high as it is because of our Foreign Policy and wanting change doesn't equate to having your head in the sand. To those who continue to insist upon an aggressive stance, I ask this. "What part of 'We don't have the money for this.' don't you understand?" It boggles my mind how people can argue the government spends too much, but insists on costly wars.
@Thunderchicken I always wondered about perot. I thought he could have pulled it off had he not dropped out then come back. Never did understand what that was all about? Always thought someone got to him?
The problem doesn't lie with their credibility. It has to do with the Electorate. A third party can't get Electorates so they will never be credible due to the Electorate being in bed with the two parties.
When you consider that half the country doesn't vote. And that of those who do vote, many if not most don't bother to become informed before they cast a ballot. Sadly we have the system that we deserve.
It would be nice to havel a Party candidate that would tell us what his party stands for instead of picking on the other guy. Right now tho there really isn't that much difference between the two candidates. Either way the citizens get screwed.
What I gather from this story is that 57% of Americans don't want to "third-party hearty" and that 39% of the rest of don't want to "third-party hearty" with the other options available to us this year.
That leaves 7% that want to "third-party hearty" this year.
Big deal. More people believed that the federal government knew about and either assisted or did nothing to prevent 9/11.
These people aren't in favor of a third party. They're in favor of "None of the Above", which while understandable, is not a mature political choice.
Collectively, Johnson, Stein, and Goode have had almost zero attention from the media compared to the massive amount of free time given to the two major candidates. They also lack the bankroll to compete in advertising to get their messages to the American people.
For a brief rundown: Jill Stein is a physician with no government experience except as a local Town Meeting member. She supports massive government investment in environmental protections and technologies, funded by higher taxes and defense cuts.
Virgil Goode is a former State Senator and 6-term Congressman who supports balancing the budget, restrictions on immigration, Congressional term limits, and smaller government.
Gary Johnson is a former two-term Governor of New Mexico. he supports limited government, reducing the debt, a 43% cut in the Medicare, Medicaid, and defense budgets, replacing the income tax and the tax code with the "FairTax" consumption tax, drug decriminalization and same-sex marriage rights.
Our system is geared for two parties. It's why they require 50% vote in both the house and senate (barring the senate 60 vote rule not defined in the constitution). A third party may take over one of the other parties, but we will never have a three party system as we were never intended to have a multiple party system.
The games of the two parties competing to WIN, has left us wondering if the issues are even important anymore. Vote for whoever you want, and its not a vote for the winner (of the two party system) if you go the third party route. Free to make my own damn choice; thank you America.
Yes! Yes! We need a third party member to come in and save this country. If anything, it will serve as a huge message to the dems and conservatives that we have had it with both of their lies and corruption. Problem is, the two party system clearly has the media in their pockets. News outlets do their best to ensure that a third party canidate is never taken seriously and to make them look like a non-factor.
At this point, I'd vote anyone into office except the two options we have now. Really, how much worse could they do at this point. Give someone else a change to try something new, or at least put the dems and conservatives on notice.
@FollowTheMoney In a perfect world I guess there wouldn't be any political parties. But with the civilizations that we currently have I think people will continue to gravitate towards forming groups of representatives whether we like it or not. I don't think it can be helped.
I wish our political parties were more like Sweden for an example. Their political parties in their version of congress include:
Swedish Social Democratic Party Moderate Party Green Party Liberal People's Party Centre Party Sweden Democrats Pirate Party Christian Democrats Left Party
On top of these political parties, they also have about sixty other minor parties. So with this wide range of political parties people can figure out who they want to throw their lot in with.
People want a third party. They just won't vote that way if they believe the vote is pointless. They would rather vote the lesser of two evils. Tell you what, change the color of the cap and show me what the third party is about. I'll think about it!
I think more likely than a serious run for a 3rd party, one party will be taken over. Like the republicans did the Whigs. I think today's republican party is now a far right obstructionist party. So I think you already got your 3rd party. No room for moderates over there. Reach across the isle they vote you out in the primary. Hug the president you're also voted out in a primary.
@FollowTheMoney It always bothers me when someone says they both or both sides etc... It's just not the case. One side has been in "by any means necessary" mode for 3 years. They vote against their own bills, their own ideas and their own ideology in masse. Sorry but what's been happening is unprecedented. The number of filabusters, how many bills didn't get that far? I hope history looks back to this era with truthful explanations.
I haven't researched it to any great extent, but at a glance I really like the Green Party. I think their idea on the need to completely overhaul our public school system is probably one of the most important things we can do to begin building the nation we already claim (falsely) to be. Their policies seem to promote liberty and justice for all Americans. They want to implement green energies and break our addiction... Scratch that... Our enslavement to fossil fuels. They dont support war for the sake of oil or any other corporate interest. They believe we should actually adhere to separation of church and state instead of just paying it lip service while blatantly intertwining them, and if I'm reading them right they want to not only educate the citizenship on how to perform our patriotic duties, they want to empower us to carry them out, unlike the Dems and Repubs who want us to just trust that they really do have our best interests at heart and stay out of their way while they continue to sell us out at every opportunity. If nothing else it'd be nice to let someone who isn't a politician run the country for a while. Hell, if I'm not mistaken they've chosen a doctor to run for Pres and since doctors by trade help people, while lawyers manipulate them and business grads manage them I think it behoove us greatly to give them a shot, but unfortunately our system is currently so broken I don't see even a snowball's chance in hell of it happening in the next decade, probably much much longer, if it can ever even happen at all, which do sadly is highly doubtful. :-(
...no....a third party will mean obama win, for sure!! not the time for games.....after the election, maybe? rather just prosocute the criminals, hold them accountable, to the same law we all follow.....prison is a great deterrant...deportation, execution, etc.
doesn't matter if america, voted in any third party. since the republicans and democrats would still hold the majority. but it might scare the hell out of them, enough to finally get their acts together. since the quality of all candidates, are so totally deplorable. got so disgusting, i have not voted in over 20 years. and even disavowed the republician party, even long before that. and being a democrat, was never an option. since jfk was probably the most acceptable democrat since roosevelt.