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More Amer­i­cans dream of a third po­lit­i­cal party than ever be­fore: “60 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say the Demo­cratic and Repub­li­cans par­ties do such a poor job of rep­re­sent­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple that a third ma­jor party is needed,” says Gallup an­a­lyst Jef­frey Jones, who re­ports that th­ese find­ings set a record.

And for the first time, Repub­li­cans and Democrats roughly agree: 52 per­cent of the GOPers and 49 per­cent of Democrats say a third party is in or­der. Only a quar­ter of the re­spon­dents over­all say the two ma­jor par­ties “ad­e­quately” rep­re­sent the na­tion.

Mr. Jones is not sur­prised, point­ing out that the two par­ties can’t agree on “the most ba­sic of gov­ern­ment func­tions.” But third party fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.

“The de­sire for a third party is not suf­fi­cient to en­sure there will be one,” Mr. Jones adds. “Struc­tural fac­tors in the U.S. elec­tion sys­tem and the par­ties’ own abil­i­ties to adapt to chang­ing pub­lic pref­er­ences have helped the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic par­ties

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