Less than 50% of Americans Support the Two-Party State

The recent NYT/CBS poll comparing the opinions of tea party activists with those of the general public asked respondents whether they agree with those who support third party and independent alternatives to the ruling Democratic-Republican two-party state. 46% of all respondents answered in the affirmative, compared with 40% of tea partisans. The poll inquired:

Some people say the country needs a third political party – a new party to compete with the Democratic and Republican parties. Do you agree or disagree?

Tea Party: Agree 40%, Disagree 52%, Don’t Know 8%
General: Agree 46%, Disagree 48%, Don’t Know 6%

To reiterate: among the general public, only 48% of those surveyed support the Democratic-Republican two-party state and duopoly system of government.  Cross-posted from Poli-Tea, where you can read the accompanying rant.

16 thoughts on “Less than 50% of Americans Support the Two-Party State

  1. Robert Milnes

    The prevailing duopoly is reactionary. & to be honest, probably a majority or near majority of people are reluctant to try anything else. This is why I promote an inclusive progressive movement. People would be much less reluctant to vote in a progressive government if they were assured by the fact of Teddy Roosevelt. & if the socialists were pursuaded to abandon their parties with a caucus within the Green party. etc.

  2. Robert Milnes

    Similarly, the libertarians are going to have to abandon rightists like Ron Paul & ally with the Green party in a 50/50 vote coordination/ballot access effort. The libertarians by themselves cannot win upper level elections in the duopoly. Rightists merely wind up with libertarian wherewithall & votes.

  3. clay

    Milnes, the Greens and Libertarians share a belief that the American political system should be accomidating to more parties. And they share a belief in social freedom. But that’s about all they share. Before an inclusive Progressive movement can be put into place a decision has to be made regarding the responsibility for financing such an agenda. Should government agencies be put in place? Or should such agencies be disbanded to allow for individuals to enact such an agenda. The vast majority of the debates our politicians engage in have to do with the nature of the economic system that supports our society. Greens and Libertarians differ significantly regarding the economic system needed to enact a progressive agenda.

  4. Robert Milnes

    Clay, let’s 50/50 ballot access & vote coordinate. For the 2010 elections before it is too late. Then prepare to win the White House in 2012. & must win a majority in Congress or the administration will get stonewalled by reactionary dems & reps. Then debate/confer & decide. American progressivism/Teddy Roosevelt is NOT socialist.So we know that much. Socialists are just going to have to wait & see caucusing in the GP;. Both sides are going to have to settle for 50/50 and/or compromise.

  5. Green Party Conservative


    It depends which Green Party people, Green Party leaders, Green Party candidates you mean.

    Many Green Party candidates have been cross endorsed and even nominated. Kevin Zeese in his 2006 Green Pary U.S. Senate campaign is a good example.

    By the way ,

    Tonight the Green Party candidate for President in Columbia has climbed to 29 per cent in an 8 candidate race.

    The Green Party candidate is just 5 per cent in back of the incumbent Presdient’s party and candidate….

  6. Melty

    what? the tea party crowd likes the two-party system more than the average crowd? i didn’t that many dimwits had clammered to that banner.

  7. paulie


    Better believe it.

    I attended three tea parties yesterday in south Alabama.

    I was petitioning to put the Constitution Party on the ballot for Congress*

    (*the LP candidate always runs as a write in, and neither he nor the state election officials can tell me how many votes he got in any year except 2002, when we had ballot access; additionally, he is rabidly pro-war in the middle east, which I greatly dislike in a federal candidate. The CP recruited http://www.walterforcongress.com/ and no other alternative party or independent candidate is seriously pursuing ballot access in the district.)

    Even though

    A) The Constitution Party is by far the closest to the views of most Tea Partiers than any other party, including the LP and (NS)GOP,

    B) As I pointed out to people, the Democrats are not participating in this election and we will have a one-party election without the 5,000+ valid signatures Alabama requires in this congressional district (8-9k raw to be safe),

    C) Incumbent Congressman Jo Bonner (very likely to win the Republican primary) voted for the “bailout” ripoff, and his primary opponent Peter Gounares http://www.gounaresforcongress.com/ enthusiastically signed our petition,

    Numerous people refused (some emphatically) to sign our petitions, signed with great skepticism, and some came back to scratch their names off. Many signed *ONLY* because the Democrats are not in this race.

    I still managed to get 205 signatures and some enthusiastic comments, but Republican herd mentality is prevalent at tea parties.

    We ran into this phenomenon previously with the BrownBagger/BrownNoser/BrownShirt phenomenon this past winter in Massachusetts and similar problems all across the country.

  8. paulie

    Greens and Libertarians share a belief that the American political system should be accomidating to more parties. And they share a belief in social freedom. But that’s about all they share.

    Not true at all.

    Foreign policy/military spending, largely in agreement.

    Opposition to corporate welfare, eminent domain, and a few other economic issues, also in agreement.

    Lots of Greens support 2nd amendment rights (not all).

    Beyond that, for more agreement on economic issues you’d have to find minorities of greens and libertarians, but they do exist.

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