Poll: 38 Percent Like Idea of New Political Party

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More than a third of likely American voters say two political parties aren’t enough, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Tuesday.

The likely voters were asked, “Republicans and Democrats are so much alike that an entirely new party is needed to represent the American people. Do you agree?”

Though not the majority, 38 percent of respondents said yes, up 6 percentage points from five years ago, when 32 percent answered affirmatively.

Forty-six percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats agreed with the statement, but more than half of unaffiliated respondents – 51 percent – said another party is needed.

Of respondents identifying themselves as conservatives, 40 percent said it was time for a new party, as did 43 percent of moderates and 32 percent of liberals.

And the younger the voter, the more likely he or she was to want change. Forty-nine percent of 18- to 39-year-olds said it’s time for a new party, compared to 37 percent of 40- to 64-year-olds and 25 percent of respondents 65 and older.

Among other findings:

-- More men (43 percent) want a new party than women (35 percent).

-- More people who fall in the “other” category for race (50 percent) back the idea of a new party than those who identify as white (38 percent) or black (27 percent).

-- Income levels apparently do not play a significant role in support for a new party. Forty-eight percent of respondents making $30,000 or less were not in favor of a new party. A similar number, 49 percent, making $30,000 to $40,000 didn’t like the idea, and 46 percent of respondents with incomes of $50,000 to $100,000 did not support it, either.

Rasmussen sees a link between these findings and Americans’ opinions on the state of the nation as a whole.

“This souring on the major political parties is no surprise at a time when only 30 percent of voters think the country is headed in the right direction and just 37 percent believe America’s best days are still to come,” the polling firm’s report said.

The survey of 952 likely voters was conducted via telephone on June 4 and 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. 

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