Gallup and Millionaire Corner surveys agree; 58 percent think a third political party would be a good idea.
For most of the 20th century and into the 21st century, the United States political system has been a two-party system, and those parties have been the Republican and Democratic parties.
The Libertarian and Green parties manage to put forth candidates in many state and federal political races, but rarely garner enough votes to be noticed, and are often considered spoilers in the race, pulling votes away from one candidate or another to determine the final outcome of the election.
But with the severe dichotomy of voters in the United States today, as the Tea Party pulls the Republicans toward the far right and liberals pull the Democrats to the left, the possibility of a viable third party gains traction nationwide.
In September, a Gallup poll showed that 58 percent of Americans believe a third party is needed. Since 2007, a majority of Americans have agreed that the country needs a viable third party to represent them in Washington.
The Gallup study shows that approximately 40 percent of Americans believe the Republicans and Democrats are doing a good job of representing the citizenship.
A survey of affluent investors by Millionaire Corner shows identical numbers. Fifty-eight percent of the 1,300 investors polled said that a third political party would be beneficial to the country. Segmenting the investors, 61 percent of males liked the idea of a third political party, 67 percent of Business Owners agreed, as did 60 percent of unmarried investors and 73 percent of investors under the age of 40.
In fact, with age as a consideration, 64 percent of investors between the ages of 41-50 liked the idea, and 62 percent of investors between the ages of 51-60 did so as well.
Not surprisingly, 71 percent of independent investors liked the idea of a third political party, while only 51 percent of Republicans and 50 percent of Democrats agreed.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.