Gallup: 52% of Republicans Say America Needs 3rd Party

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 11, 2013 | 11:11am EDT

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (AP Photo)

( - Fifty-two percent of Republicans say that America needs a third party, according to a newly released Gallup poll. Forty-nine percent of Democrats say the same thing.

"In fact,' said Gallup in its analysis of the poll, "this marks the first time that a majority of either party's supporters have said a third party is needed."

The Gallup survey, which interviewed 1,028 adults (18 and over) nationwide, asked: 'In your view, do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third major party is needed."

Overall, 60 percent said that a third party was needed, 26 percent said the Republicans and Democrats do an adequate job, and 14 percent said they had no opinion.

The 60 percent who said a third party was needed was the highest percentage giving that answer to Gallup since the polling company started asking the question back in 2003. The 26 percent who said the two major parties are doing an adequate is the lowest percentage who have given that answer.

Gallup did not publish any survey data about why those among the 60 percent think a third party is needed.

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