Majority of Democrats looking to vote third-party alternative
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