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Poll: Support for Third Political Party Gets Boost From Last Year

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Forty-nine percent of likely U.S. voters say it would be good for the United States if there was a truly competitive third political party, which is five percentage points higher than what it was in April of last year, according to a poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Monday.

However, a decade ago a significantly larger number of Americans said a truly competitive third political party would be good for the country, with 58 percent supporting the idea.

Other results from Monday's poll indicate:

  • Only 17 percent of the public said a competitive third party would be bad for the country, while 21 percent said it would make no difference and 12 percent were undecided.
  • Fifty-three percent of voters said they have actually voted for an independent candidate not affiliated with a major party, which is an increase from 39 percent in March of last year.
  • Those under 40 years old are by far the most supportive of a competitive third party, with 58 percent in that category saying it would be good for the country and 52 percent saying they had actually already voted for a third-party candidate.
  • Forty-five percent of both Democrats and Republicans said a third party would be good for the country, while 59 percent of independents agreed.
  • Among those voters who think a competitive third party would be good for the country, 62 percent said they have voted for an independent candidate in the past.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Aug. 1-2. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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