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Rasmussen: 30% see 2012 as “good year to consider” third parties

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports reveals nearly a third of voters dissatisfied with the current shape of the major party presidential field, and are willing to look elsewhere:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of Likely U.S. Voters, given a choice between President Obama and one of the potential Republican presidential candidates, thinks 2012 would be a good year to consider electing a third-party candidate. Fifty-three percent (53%) disagree and say electing a third-party candidate would not be a good option with the current likely candidates. Another 18% aren’t sure.

The poll also reveals that a plurality of voters outside the two major parties supportive of a third-party option.

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  1. ILONA ANDERSON // Jun 15, 2011: “…… we need to elect an independent candidate. Then we can stop blaming Congress.”

    WHAT THE ……….

    [a] the election of an Independent Chief Executive does NOTHING toward the make up of the United States Senate and the House [of Prostitutes]. Business [read: Thuggery] as usual.

    [b] with out drastic over all over haul, many US citizens are [still] not allowed to vote for Congress ——- or President / Vice President

    [c] May be the day after the election of ‘an independent candidate’ is the exact time to start blaming the ‘Parliment of Whores’ ………


    I think the current two parties are so corrupt and ineffective to carry on the people’s wishes, that we need to elect an independent candidate. Then we can stop blaming Congress.

  3. ramon p ramon p June 15, 2011

    37% of Americans consider themselves Independent. We need to organize , not for a third party, but to let our politicians out there know we are a major force in american politics. What we do need to look into is the structural barriers that we face when we decide not to be a part of the 2 party system. Open Primaries, Non-Partisan redistricting, things that the 2 major parties have total control of, which need to be given back to the people.

  4. Kleptocracy and You Kleptocracy and You June 14, 2011

    With my comment on money I will inform some of you something you may have not known about the ’08 election. Obama had a 24/7 Dish Network Channel for days leading up to election day. Spewing propaganda 24/7 to the rural masses. Nothing was left to chance. His goal of one Billion $ this time and the D’s solid 242 EC votes means he is almost a “lock”.

    “I’m Pro-Choice On EVERYTHING!” with LP toll-free phone number. 11″…

    “Real Liberals Vote Libertarian” –

    This Change Sucks MP –

    Recovering Democrat –

    “Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; …. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Frederick Douglass

    “… some people were never meant to be controlled …” – Claire Wolfe

    No human being has the right — under any circumstances — to initiate force against another human being, nor to threaten or delegate its initiation. The Zero Aggression Principle

  5. Kleptocracy and You Kleptocracy and You June 14, 2011

    Money, Money, Money.

    No money for TV ads, NO CHANCE.

    Same old story.

    The Kleptocracy CONTROLS it all.

  6. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi June 13, 2011

    It’s an idea that builds over time.

  7. NewFederalist NewFederalist June 13, 2011

    @3 above… sad but true.

  8. Brian Brian June 13, 2011

    I’m surd third parties will be considered by many in 2012. (just like they are every election year). In the end, it won’t make a difference as folks will pull the lever for the Republicrats. A study or poll like this comes out yearly. It gets touted on alternative party sites on the web, but the support for third parties that the poll supposedly demonstrates always fails to materialize.

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