Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters nationwide believe America would be better off with a major third political party. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 16% believe such a party would make things worse, 33% don’t think it would make much difference, and 17% are not sure.
As to why there are so few successful third party candidates, 43% believe the primary reason is election laws written by Republicans and Democrats in a way that makes it difficult for third parties to compete. Thirty-four percent (34%) think it’s primarily a lack of voter interest in third parties.
Forty percent (40%) of Independent voters think the country would benefit from having a major third party. That view is shared by 35% of Democrats and 30% of Republicans. Solid pluralities of Democrats and Independents believe election laws are the reason we have few successful third party candidates. Republicans are evenly divided between election laws and lack of voter interest (see crosstab results).
Looking to 2020, 68% of all voters are confident that the votes will be counted correctly and that the legitimate winner will be declared. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that total includes 25% who are Very Confident. The survey also found that 84% think people should be required to show a photo ID in order to vote.
Other data showed that 44% of voters nationwide believe Democratic officials actively encourage non-citizens to vote. On the other hand, 33% believe Republican officials actively try to suppress the vote of non-white Americans. Independent voters are more skeptical of Democrats on this point than Republicans.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted May 21-22, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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