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Gallup: Perceived need for third party in US reaches new high

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A majority of people in the United States say the country needs a third major party because the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey shows that 60 percent of Americans express dissatisfaction with the way the nation is being governed by the two parties, the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question.

Just 26 percent of respondents in the survey believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans, the lowest Gallup has measured.

Since the government shutdown began at the beginning of this month, opinions about both parties have become more negative, Gallup said. However, “a majority of Americans have typically favored a third party in response to this question,” it said.

Republicans (52 percent) and Democrats (49 percent) are similar in their perceptions that a third party is needed. In fact, this marks the first time that a majority of either party’s supporters have said a third party is needed.

Seventy one percent of independents — those who profess no initial allegiance to either party — have always said the US needs a third party.

The current shutdown began on Oct. 1, and resulted from Congress’ failure to agree on a resolution to fund federal government operations.

Meanwhile, the US is facing the threat of a default on its debt, which has deepened concerns among global leaders and financial markets around the world.

The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that a failure of the US to resolve its debt ceiling problem threatens the security of investments and risks financial instability.

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