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Poll: 60 percent of voters say a viable third party is needed to have an effective political system

A majority of voters believe a viable third party is needed in order to have an effective political system, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Sixty percent of registered voters in the Sept. 10-14 survey said here needs to be a more viable third party system while 40 percent said the current two-party system is working.

Democrats and Independents were more interested in having a viable third party.

Sixty-one percent of Democrats ad 68 percent of Independents said a viable third party is needed. 

Republican voters were more split at 51 percent support for a third party.

The poll also found that Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE voters were less likely than supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE to say the current two-party system is working.

Sixty-seven percent of voters who said they plan to cast their ballots for Biden believe a viable third party is needed. By contrast, 53 percent of Trump voters said the same.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 3,758 registered voters between Sept. 10-14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte