Monday, May 9, 2011

Gallup Poll: Majority of Republicans Back Third Party for First Time

Gallup has always found political independents to be most desirous of a third party, and 68% currently are. But right now there is also a significant party gap, with 52% of Republicans favoring a third party, compared with 33% of Democrats. This is the first time Gallup finds a significantly higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats in favor of a third party. During much of President Bush's term, the opposite was true, with Democrats more likely to favor the formation of a third party. That gap narrowed in 2007, after the Democrats' victories in the 2006 midterms, and there has been a minimal difference between the two parties until the current poll.
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Results for this USA Today/Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted April 20-23, 2011, with a random sample of 1,013 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.
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1 comment:

Bill589 said...

United we stand. Divided we fall.

I know some people who will vote against Obama, but can’t become Republicans. They just can’t. I almost couldn’t until about a year ago. It's hard to stay one sometimes.

The word, ‘Republican’ brought up images of elitist politicians who can take five minutes of talking to not really answer a question. Also, somebody representing the political establishment and their big donors, and not the people who elect them.

IMO, our party needs an image make-over, maybe based on GOP politicians actually doing their jobs, and representing the people who vote.