BY ERIC BLACK (MinnPost)
[Ed's Note: from 2011, but still very pertinent.]
Gallup has been asking, since 2003, this question:
"In your view, do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is needed?"
The latest result, out [in May 2011], finds that a majority says "yes", by 52-40 percent, (with 8 percent no opinion). That's down from 58 percent the last time they asked it, but the yesses have been greater than the no's the last five times Gallup asked the question.
Unsurprisingly, those who consider themselves political independents have always been mostly likely to say yes, but -- a tad surprisingly -- the yesses are now coming more often from Republicans than from Democrats and have for the last three rounds of the question since 2008. The current result has 68 of independents wishing for a third party, 52 of Republicans and just 33 percent of Democrats. And 60 percent of those who describe themselves as Tea Party supporters say a third party is needed.
Via Michael Charney