- Six in 10 say third party needed for adequate representation
- Current figure matches high from 2013
- Seventy-eight percent of independents say third party needed
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of Americans, 60%, say a third major political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” of representing the American people. This matches the high set in 2013. Since 2007, a majority of Americans have generally called for a third party, with the exception of the last two presidential election years.
… Americans have been warm to the idea of a third party for at least a decade. When Gallup first asked whether a third party is needed in 2003, four in 10 Americans said it was. The figure climbed in subsequent polls, reaching a majority of 58% in 2007. With the exception of presidential election years in 2008 and 2012, majorities of 52% to 60% of Americans have said a third party is needed to address the inadequacies of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Editor’s Note: Since 1961 the establishment parties in Tennessee have barred 3rd parties using “Ballot Access” to keep any party other than Democrat or Republican off the ballot in Tennessee. Over the last 8 years The Constitution Party of Tennessee has fought the unjust restrictions that in 2014 required over 40,000 valid voters signatures for a minor party to get on the ballot, with their party name, for State Representative. My own district that year had only 34,000 registered voters and only 24,000 of those voted with any regularity. Add to that disqualification of signatures on a petition and it is beyond impossible. Since challenging Tennessee’s Voter access the Constitution Party has four (4) times secured 6th Circuit Court findings that Tennessee Ballot Access is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The state has continued to refuse to change Tennessee Ballot Access to conform to Constitutional parameters. In 2014 Constitution and Green Parties were court ordered on the ballot. For the first time since 1961 two non-establishment parties were on the Tennessee ballot. This year we won in court for the 4th time.
If you want your views to count in government you must support and elect new party candidates to break the cycle of tyranny. Write your State Senate and State Representative and tell them Tennessee should have fair and equal ballot access.
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