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Third party wanted by most!
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http://www.gallup.com/poll/165392/percei...-high.aspx

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71% of independents are dying for a third arty. over 50% or republicans and 49% of dems.


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Quote:In U.S., Perceived Need for Third Party Reaches New High
Twenty-six percent believe Democratic and Republican parties do adequate job
by Jeffrey M. Jones
This article is part of an ongoing series analyzing how the government shutdown and the debate over raising the debt ceiling are affecting Americans' views of government, government leaders, political parties, the economy, and the country in general.

PRINCETON, NJ -- Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans.
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This will only happen if people stop voting for the lesser of two evils. In the last presidential election, libertarians were the 1%.
TheWolff, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#3
Lots of people are waking up. I'm sitting on a tub of unpopped popcorn waiting to view the destruction from my living room.

I keep yelling "hit him, hit him" but neither of the clowns are hitting each other yet.
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#4
Changing to a parliamentary system would also help.
TheWolff, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#5
The SYSTEM has been methodically manipulated and structured to preclude any serious chance of new parties rising - gerrymandering of safe districts, closed primaries, winner take all elections, etc. Coupled with basic human nature (i.e. generally only the hard core "-wings" turn out for primaries), the same structure also weeds out the moderates.

Hell, in PA you have to have a ton more signatures to get on the ballot as an independent or minor-party candidate than an R or D. Given the politicized judicial election process even the courts won't touch it - forget the legislature, they sure aren't going to ever vote to weaken their re-election chances.

Instant run-off elections would at least give an independent/minor-party candidate a fair shot.
-JD-, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#6
TheWolff;121502 Wrote:Changing to a parliamentary system would also help.

Not so sure. Take a look at Italy as to what can happen where the party winning 18% can end up ruling.

Anyways, I consider polls like this as I do asking a bunch of grade schoolers if they want ice cream for lunch. I'll wait till somebody runs on cutting social security, Medicare, etc and then see how many people vote for him. I'm guessing, not to many.
Dave, proudly annoying members of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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