Americans Want a 3rd Party. What They Don’t Want Is a 3rd Presidential Candidate.
Poll after poll shows nearly 40% of Americans think a third political party is needed to fix the political system and another 47% think it needs improvements (NBC/WSJ).
What they also agree on is that there is little support for a Ross Perot, Ralph Nader or Starbucks Howard Schultz running for president.
Bingo! A 3rd party, a party platform, but no chief cook and bottle washer
Exactly my position as well. So, if we were to have such a middle-ground third party, what might the disenchanted 40% respond to as a platform to run upon? An overwhelming majority of independents (81%) continue to “lean” toward either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. Among the public overall, 17% are Democratic-leaning independents, while 13% lean toward the Republican Party (Pew Research).
Those are the voters we’re after. Only 7% of the overall 40% have no leanings and they tend not to vote anyway.
So, what do they say they want?
A government that Works: 70% of Americans who feel that people like them…