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Poll: For First Time, Majority of Republicans Support Third Party

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Sixty percent of Tea Party supporters back a third party

According to a Gallup poll released today, for the first time a majority of Republicans think that the U.S. needs a third political party.

The Hill has more:

A majority of Republicans said for the first time that a third party was needed in American politics, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Fifty-two percent of Republicans, and an even stronger number of Tea Party supporters, support the creation of a major, third political party, underscoring the occasional tensions between grassroots conservatives and the GOP establishment.

An overall majority of Americans, 52 percent, said that a third political party was needed; the most profound shift has come among Republicans.

The number of Republicans who said that a third political party was necessary was at an all-time high since Gallup first began tracking opinion on the issue in 2003. And while support for a third party has crept steadily upward in the GOP, for the first time, it represents a majority opinion.

Supporters of the Tea Party are even more likely to back a third party, the poll found. Sixty percent of Tea Party supporters back a third party, while 32 percent say the existing two parties are adequate. By contrast, 47 percent of Tea Party opponents said the bipartisan system is adequate, and 44 percent favored a third party.

Who might lead this third party? Well, in the past, Sarah Palin has voiced her support for a third party. "If they start straying, then why not a third party?"

HT Weasel Zippers.

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