Independents were the most likely support a third major party, with 71 percent saying one is needed. Republicans and Democrats were much lower, at 52 percent and 49 percent, respectively.
The numbers are a sharp shift from September 2012, when just 46 percent said a strong third party was needed and 45 percent disagreed. The previous peak in support for a third party’s emergence was in August 2010, when 58 percent agreed.
The rise in backing for a third party comes at a time when both parties are shedding popularity over the ongoing government shutdown and potential debt-ceiling overrun.
According to an NBC-WSJ poll released yesterday, only 24 percent of voters have a favorable view of the GOP, while Democrats have 39 percent favorability.
The Gallup poll was conducted from Oct. 3-6, with a random sample of 1,028 adults. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.