Three out of five Americans say Democrats and Republicans are doing such a lousy job that a third major party is needed to right the ship in Washington, according to Gallup.
Sixty percent of respondents think the nation needs another party, the highest rate since Gallup started to ask the question 10 years ago. Only 26 percent of respondents think the two major parties adequately represent Americans, an all-time low.
The numbers reflect federal lawmakers’ partisan bickering and inability to reach a deal that would fund the government and extend the nation’s borrowing authority.
Previously, Gallup recorded a high level of interest in third parties in 2007, when a Democratic congressional majority clashed with then-President George W. Bush, and in 2010, when the tea party emerged as a politically persuasive movement.