A new Gallup Poll shows 52 percent of Republicans want a third party. The same poll shows 60 percent of those who identify themselves with the tea party want a third party. Gallup says a majority of Americans overall have wanted to see a third party since 2006.
So why don’t we have a real third party movement in this nation?
Jeffrey Young of Gallup says widespread dissatisfaction with status quo and a general unhappiness with the direction the nation is headed is driving the increasing desire for a real third party in America.
“It would not be surprising if a third party presidential candidate emerged,” Young says.
Perhaps but under the current political system, which is controlled by the power brokers of the Democratic and Republican parties, a third party candidate cannot win.
But a third party candidate can — and has — decided the outcome of an election. Ralph Nader siphoned enough votes from Al Gore in 2000 to help George W. Bush win. Ross Perot pulled enough votes in 1992 to help Bill Clinton deny Bush’s father — George H.W. Bush — a second term.