In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New HighSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 09:37
Twenty-six percent believe Democratic and Republican parties do adequate job
by Jeffrey M. Jones | October 11, 2013 | Gallup
This article is part of an ongoing series analyzing how the government shutdown and the debate over raising the debt ceiling are affecting Americans' views of government, government leaders, political parties, the economy, and the country in general.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.
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