Is America Ready for a Third-Party or Independent Presidential Candidate?

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has an op-ed in USA Today suggesting that “A third-party centrist candidate like me could win the presidency in 2020.”

However, just 36% of voters believe America would be even somewhat better off with a major third party. Sixteen percent (16%) believe it would make things worse. Even among Independent voters, just 44% think a third-party would make things better.

To be clear, these surveys asked about a major third-party rather than about a presidential campaign. Such a presidential campaign might be viewed more as an independent effort rather than the creation of a new party. will explore the idea of a third party presidential bid in the coming days.

Posted in Deeper Currents

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