It’s 46% for a third-party option, 45% against. Gallup finds that result a lower level of support for a third party than in previous polls:
Support for a third party has varied substantially since Gallup first asked this question in 2003. It was highest in 2007 and 2010, at 58%. In between those peaks, however, support dropped to less than the majority level two months before the 2008 election, as it has in the current survey, conducted Sept. 6-9 — two months before this year’s election.
Thus, it may be that in election years — particularly shortly after the parties’ conventions, as was the case for the 2008 and the 2012 surveys — Americans look more favorably upon the two dominant political parties.
Yet, even in a presidential election year in which millions have been spent showcasing the major-parties’ conventions, the desire for a third party still ties the belief that America can do without.
Hardly an endorsement (and certainly not a majority) for business as usual.
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