6.01.2007

58% Say Competitive Third Party Good for USA

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of American adults say it would be good for the United States to have a truly competitive third political party. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 23% disagree while 19% are not sure. Responses vary significantly by age—65% of those under 40 believe a third party would be good for the nation. Just 43% of those over 65 agree.

Other findings:

- 70% of Republicans believe that the presidential campaign has started too soon compared to just 45% of Democrats who feel that way. Overall, 58% of Americans agree.
- Rasmussen Reports speculates that Democrats are more supportive of an early presidential start because their party currently holds an 11 point edge over Republicans on the generic congressional ballot.
- Just 37% of Americans say that the current system of primaries and caucuses is a good way to select Republican and Democratic candidates. Although 72% of seniors think that the system is good.
- While 47% of Republicans and 40% of Democrats like the current system, only 24% of independent voters agree.

(Credit to OnTheWilderSide weblog for the story find.)