Gallup recently released a poll that shows 60% of Americans think a third party is needed. This was the highest number of American voters on record as saying it’s time for a viable third party since they started including the question in their surveys. That is going back a whopping 10 years!
The belief is that right now Americans think both Republicans and Democrats are doing a poor job representing the American people. Only 26% think the two major parties do an adequate job of representing their citizens.
The last time the dissatisfaction was this high was in 2010. It was shortly before the midterm elections when the Tea Party movement was emerging as a major force.
I think the key here is to find out what people want. They don’t think these two parties are cutting it. But why?
My personal opinion is each party is catering too much to the extremists and Americans want a party that falls more in the middle.
Democrats have to go extremely liberal to win any party nomination. Conservatives seem to go so far right on the issues that they turn away most independents.
What would a moderate party look like? There are millions of middle of the road voters, but they don’t agree on all parts of the middle.
How big do most people want government to be? Do they want massive budgets for social matters? Raising their taxes in the process?
Do they want minimal government interference and the lower taxes that go along with it?
The truth of the matter is that we need more detailed information. There are plenty of times members of both parties get tired of the extremes.
You have to remember that when going through the Presidential primaries each candidate has to cater to those extremists. They push themselves a little more towards the edges than even they are probably comfortable with.
Then once it’s time for the national election they try to work themselves back to the middle. They know the party extremists would rather die than vote for the other side, so they are desperate to get the middle of the road crowd to head to their side.
Could Bernie Sanders be less liberal? I doubt it. This is why Hillary Clinton will win the nomination and when she does be a force come November. I’m not surprised at all that she’s the Presidential odds favorite.
However, we’ve seen independents run before. None of them have done well in recent memory. Ross Perot garnered just 19% of the popular vote and basically gave Bill Clinton the Presidency.
I don’t think Americans will really back a third party in the near future.