Poll: 80% of Americans Open to Independent or Third Party Candidate for President

Via TPID, findings from a new Reason-Rupe poll, as described at Reason:

With the 2012 election season ramping up, frustrated voters appear ready to look beyond Democratic and Republican candidates. Eighty percent say they will or may consider voting for a third-party or independent presidential candidate in 2012. And an even higher number of independents (89 percent) and GOP voters (86 percent) say they will or may consider candidates outside of the two major political parties.

The willingness to look beyond Democrats and Republicans stems, in part, from voters’ lack of trust in them. When asked which political party they trust to govern responsibly, the leading answer was “neither,” at 35 percent, followed by Democrats at 31 percent and Republicans at 23 percent. The survey also found 58 percent of voters believe they’d either see “no difference” or be “better off” if Congress were only in session every other year.

12 thoughts on “Poll: 80% of Americans Open to Independent or Third Party Candidate for President

  1. Timothy Yung

    I am skeptical because there are polls like this very presidential election and most of the people end up voting for the evil of two lessers.

  2. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    AND ON THE PRACTICAL, EVERY DAY SIDE:

    12:40 p.m………. JEFFERSON CITY | Four Democrats joined 105 Republicans to override Gov. Jay Nixon‘s veto of a new congressional map for the state of Missouri.

    The map still must win a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate, but that vote is widely seen as a fait accompli given the Republican super majority in the chamber and support beyond that from Kansas City [Mafia Pendergast ?????????] Democrats.

    All 105 Republicans delivered, as did the three previous Democrats: St. Louis Reps. Jamilah Nasheed and Penny Hubbard and Kansas City Rep. Michael Brown.

    That final “yes” vote turned out to be Rep. Jonas Hughes, the Kansas City Democrat who has had perhaps the wildest legislative session in recent memory.

    He cast the deciding vote on Wednesday morning despite an intense lobbying effort on the House floor by fellow Democrats.

    Afterward (with tears streaming down his face and staining the shoulder of his suitcoat) he retreated to the members-only lounge behind the chamber, refusing to meet with reporters.

    In a brief exchange, he said only that he voted yes “Because my congressman asked me to.” Later, he elaborated to say he preferred to see the map drawn by lawmakers. [Yeah, Right, Sure]

    Missouri Democrats, who hold small minorities in both chambers, have opposed the map because it likely assures six safely [read: UNRESPONSIVE] Republican districts against just two safely Democratic ones.

    In his veto message, [Governor] Nixon said the map “does not adequately protect the interests of all Missourians.”

    The map [JPG graphics] includes eight seats rather than the current nine, a consequence of Missouri’s slow population growth over the last decade relative to the rest of the country.

    The seat eliminated belongs to incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan, of St. Louis.

    Some Democrats on the western side of the state also objected to the contours of the 5th Congressional District held by Democrat Emanuel Cleaver.

    Cleaver apparently approves of this, but the lawmakers who represent those [three new district] counties say it will leave them effectively unrepresented

    ——- as Cleaver and subsequent lawmakers will focus entirely on the urban and suburban areas of the district.

  3. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    AND ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

    Wed May 4, 11:42 am ET
    “Most Americans wouldn’t vote for Palin or Trump”
    By Rachel Rose Hartman, news.yahoo.com

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and businessman Donald Trump may currently be two of the best known Republican stars in America–but being a celebrity doesn’t necessarily translate into concrete political support.

    Fifty-eight percent of registered voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University over the past week indicated they “would never vote” for Palin or Trump for president.

    The independent poll sought to measure voter enthusiasm for potential GOP candidates.

  4. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

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  5. Robert Capozzi

    Regardless, this is a HUGE number. It’d be nice to see the results over time, but I suspect that 80% is a high-water mark.

    Calling Mike Munger….

  6. kekostar

    There is an independent candidate who simply wants to bring America’s face up out of the mud and restore her glory. He wants to bring the power back to the people and is willing to do the job for 1/8 of the pay & challenge EVERY other politician to do the same. He has viable plans for eliminating dependency on oil, bringing US companies back to US soil to provide US jobs and much more. Rather than leave power in the hands of special interest groups and the wealthy, he wants to form a partnership with the people so that democracy will be restored. All in favor???

  7. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    Network News *
    INN to receive 2011 Manship Prize
    Posted on May 06, 2011 by Jennifer Wheeler |
    The Investigative News Network (INN) has been selected to receive the prestigious 2011 Manship Prize for its innovative work in helping the public further understand and respond to challenges in the world.

    The prize is sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and the school’s Board of Visitors.

    The prize, first presented in 1998, is funded by an endowment from the Douglas L. Manship family to recognize exemplary use of new media technology in the service of public affairs.

    INN was founded two years ago to promote investigative and public service journalism in a new media environment.

    With over 50 new media outlets in the Network, INN encourages and supports collaborative content projects, finds way to pool administrative resources, and helps to expand the audience for news …………

    * open corridor for IPR ?????????

  8. May Liberty For America

    Now available at http://LibertyForAmerica.com

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    National Political Conference
    We Hear from Readers
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    Hawkridge Resigns from LNC
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    Reported Root Response
    Ballot Access
    Petitioners
    National Political Conference.— Trifold
    State Chairs
    Work With Republicans?
    UMP Returns?
    LNC Acts
    Libertarian Ballot Access Status 2011

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