What America's Thinking

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 Biden voters were less likely than supporters of President Trump 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