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February 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The headline is eye-catching: "Support for Third U.S. Political Party at High Point."

More than 6 in 10 Americans (62%) agreed with the statement that "parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed. " That's the highest ever measured by Gallup in the nearly two decades it has been asking questions about third parties.

Asking, "Do you think there should be a third party in this country?" is very different from asking, "Do the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people or do the parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed?" Like, WAY different.

When you ask people if they'd like an alternative to the two major parties in this country, they tell you "yes. " But that "yes" covers a whole lot of ground.

Some people want a libertarian party.

Or a centrist party.

The point is that just because lots of people want a third party doesn't mean they want the same third party.

3. Parties are HARD to build.

The Point: People like the idea, generally speaking, of third parties.

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