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80% of Americans Would Consider Voting for a 3rd Party

Emily Ekins | A Reason-Rupe poll finds that 80% of Americans say they would or might consider voting for an Independent or third-party presidential candidate in the 2012 election. Specifically, 60% said they would consider voting for an independent or third-party candidate, 20% said they might consider, 17% said they would not consider, and 3% said they did not know whether they would consider voting for an Independent or third-party presidential candidate.

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To be clear, considering and voting are two separate things. Nevertheless, the high percentage tells us something about the current political climate. It means that individuals are willing to at least consider candidates who do not necessarily fit the cookie-cutter molds of Democrats and Republicans and suggests that the electorate is receptive to unconventional candidates.

Across partisan identification, 89% of Independents (including partisan leaners), 86% of Republicans, and 71% of Democrats said they would or might consider candidates outside of the two major political parties.

Note: Partisan identification is based on Q42 in the questionnaire. Independents include both Democratic and Republican leaners as well as pure independents.

Beyond receptiveness to unconventional partisan candidates, Americans report having little trust in the two major political parties. When asked which party they trust to govern more responsibly, the leading answer was “neither” at 35%, followed by Democrats at 31%, and Republicans at 23%.

A3P Liberty Bell SealThese answers varied by political views. 83% of pure independents (non-leaners), 35% of non-Tea Party Republicans, 30% of Tea Party supporters, and 25% of Democrats answered that “neither” party could be trusted to govern responsibly. Taking into consideration margin of error, Tea Party supporters and non-Tea Party Republicans are statistically the same and Democrats are only somewhat less likely to state “neither”. This reveals that there is considerable discontent toward the major political parties even among members of both parties.

Note: Tea Party supporters reported they were “very favorable” to the Tea Party movement. Republicans (not Tea Party) self-identified as Republican and are not Tea Party supporters. Independents only include Independents who did not lean Republican or Democratic. Democrats self-identified as such.

Democrats appear to be more favorable toward the Democratic Party than are Republicans toward the Republican Party with 66% of Democrats trusting the Democratic Party to govern most responsibly. In contrast, 46% of Tea Partiers, and 55% of non-Tea Party Republicans trust the Republican Party to govern most responsibly.

Trust in the two primary political parties remained fairly constant across most demographics. However distrust in the parties does change across income and education. The groups least trusting of the two dominant parties include households making $50,000-$99,999 a year (39%/40%) and high school and college graduates (37%/40%).

Those making less than $25,000 a year and those making over $200,000 a year were least likely to choose “neither” and thus more trusting of one of the dominant parties. Those making less than $25,000 a year were most likely to say the Democratic Party (40%) and 17% said the Republican Party. Of those making over $200,000 a year the group was split between trusting Democrats and Republicans, with 33% choosing Republicans and 28% choosing Democrats. Those without a high school degree and those with a post-graduate degree were also more trusting of one of the political parties. Of high school graduates, 49% chose Democrats and 12% chose Republicans. Of those with post-graduate degrees 38% chose Democrats and 22% choose Republicans.

Sooner or later, European Americans will appreciate the value and reality of the ethnic vote and ethnopolitics. The talk about the new “minority-majority”, a coalition of minorities, is only an anti-White voting strategy.

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  1. Annisisbell says:

    A lot of those people might be reached through Lou Dobbs independents if the A3P could snag an interview with him.

  2. JamesinUSA says:

    White voters are finally waking up to the idea that it's no longer about having to choose one or the other, when it comes to those 'Idiots' and 'Traitors' in Washington D.C.

    The successes of the Tea Party Movement, the Ron Paul Revolution, and now the American Third Position, demonstrates that our people can think outside the proverbial box when it comes to creating a viable political influence that can restore order in our nation.

    Realistically, I'm not sure that a third party will see much action in the upcoming Presidential election. Mainly because in the minds of most American voters today, too much is at stake in trying to get rid of Obama. But I do predict that 2016 we'll be the year of the Third Party! Which is why we must start working even harder in building our membership and organization, right now!

  3. GlobalMinority says:

    The 17th Amendment has a lot do with WHY we are stuck with a two party system and lifers in Congre like Ted Kennedy.

    Prior to adoption of the seventeenth amendment, U.S. senators were elected by their state’s legislature. They were a direct representative of the state and indirectly represented ‘we the people.’ The primary reason for the two houses of Congress being elected in different ways was to insulate senators from public pressure. Adoption of the 17th Amendment subjected the Senate to lobbyists. To be elected to the U.S. Senate today one must have millions of dollars and be a darling of the major media outlets, all of which are controlled by the financial/industrial cartel promoting the New World Order. Today, Senate candidates must sell their soul and vote to the cartel to be elected.

    Get of the 17th Amendment and we get rid of a whole lot of issues.

  4. Julie says:

    TO A3P all the way!

  5. Harry Bertram says:

    People have asked me what can I do I am only one person.

    The answer is stop supporting the two party monopoly and start supporting us.

    One person here and one there and befor you know it there are several thousand.

    Rmember it is only 2 to 3 percent of the population that does anything and the rest just follows.

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