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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 BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE voters were less likely than supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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