60% of Americans polled say a third party is needed in the U.S., the highest number Gallup has seen since they started asking the question ten years ago. By contrast, just 26% of Americans believe the two-party system adequately represents them.
That means that even many Democrats and Republicans want to see a third party form. Gallup found that 52% of Republicans believe a third party is needed while 49% or Democrats do. Never before has a majority of those polled from one political party topped the 50% mark in a Gallup poll on the desire for a third party.
But the real driving force between the desire for a third political party is among Independents, a group which has steadily grown in size as more moderate-learning Americans bolt from each party. Independents now make up the largest political segment of the U.S. population, and 71% of them would prefer a third party choice in elections.
Easier said than done. Third parties have formed and failed since the two party Democrat/Republican system took hold in the 1800's. The most recent failed attempt was Ross Perot's Reform Party in the 1990's.
Many beleve, however, that the structural impediments to forming a third party are lowering as the influence of political parties wane. Politcal parties are no longer a critical component for fundraising as candidates use the internet for direct political outreach and raising contributions. Incumbants such as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and former Senator Joe Liberman (I-CT) lost their party's primary and were still able to win re-election. In Murkowski's race, she remarkably won as a write-in candidate against both Democratic and Republican party nominees.
A link to the poll is below: