Ma­jor­ity of Democrats look­ing to vote third-party al­ter­na­tive

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

The Demo­cratic Party, locked in a power strug­gle be­tween its es­tab­lish­ment and pro­gres­sives, has more to fear from the rise of a third-party can­di­date in 2020 than the GOP, ac­cord­ing to a new poll re­leased this week.

An ic­i­t­i­zen sur­vey found that most Democrats — 60 per­cent — were likely to con­sider vot­ing for a third­party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in three years, com­pared with just 29 per­cent of Repub­li­cans.

Among un­af­fil­i­ated vot­ers, the fig­ure was 76 per­cent.

The on­line sur­vey of 1,176 adults, which weighted re­sponses to align with U.S. Cen­sus de­mo­graphic bench­marks, comes with the Demo­cratic Party es­tab­lish­ment grap­pling with its ris­ing left wing.

That split was ex­em­pli­fied by the hard-fought 2016 pres­i­den­tial pri­mary be­tween for­mer Secretary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton and Ver­mont Sen. Bernard San­ders, a pro­gres­sive fa­vorite.

“With news of a pe­ti­tion to ‘Draft Bernie [San­ders] For Pres­i­dent,’ many groups are look­ing to cre­ate a new party and make a run in 2020,” said the ic­i­t­i­zen anal­y­sis.

The poll had good news for Berniecrats, Lib­er­tar­i­ans and Greens: 70 per­cent of those sur­veyed agreed that third par­ties are nec­es­sary and that the two ma­jor par­ties “do not rep­re­sent them well.” — Va­lerie Richard­son

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