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Viable Third-Party Wanted: Majority In Survey Liked Idea

There could be an opportunity with a new Ross Perot with the public's desire for a viable third-party. anonymous/AP Photo hide caption

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If there's a new Ross Perot out there, now could be his or her moment.

Dissatisfied with the choices offered by the Democratic and Republican parties, a majority of voters in a recent survey indicated they'd like a viable third-party option though they're not all persuaded the Tea Party should fill that niche.

The Hill reports:

Fifty-four percent of respondents in The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll said they’d like an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.

That number rose to 67 percent for self-identified independents. But even a plurality in the established parties — 49 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of Republicans — said they’d like another choice.

“That’s probably the strongest number I’ve seen in a poll of people in America saying that they're interested in a third party,” said pollster Mark Penn.

“There’s a record number of Independents and a record number of people looking for a possible third party,” he said. “And that’s a big finding. There’s an opportunity here.”

The Hill further reported that when asked if the Tea Party should fill that third-party role, as you'd guess, the percentages who said yes diverged widely depending on party affiliation.

More than 66 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents said no. More than 55 percent of Republicans said yes.