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Election 2010

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.

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