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A new poll reveals that most of the young people in the United States of America want a third party to be involved in US politics.
The poll reveals that 71 percent of those that are in their early 20s to mid-30s feel that both the Democrat and Republican parties are doing a bad job in representing the United States.
The abysmal approval ratings of US President Donald Trump in the age group – only 24 percent either somewhat or strongly approve – and the contentious nature of the election that was held in 2016 possibly have something to do with the request for challengers.
46 percent of the people that were surveyed in the research that was carried out by GenForward and NBC News- a survey projected to be aimed at young people – “strongly disapprove” of the job that the US President is doing.
However, it could refer to an overall trend among millennials condemning established political institutions since 65 percent think that “the country is on the wrong track overall.”
Congress appears to be a target of disapproval among 60 percent of the millennials, and the Republican party has almost the same figure.
The Democratic party does somehow better at 42 percent holding a view that is unfavourable. However, given the historical reliance of the party on younger and urban voters, this number could be far more devastating.
The high percentage of millennials who feel that there is a need for a major third party challenge actually maintains near constant across existing party affiliations, gender, and race, as well – a rare occurrence in political polls.
At 80 percent, white men overwhelmingly stated that a third party was needed.
White women came in at 70 percent, lower than the other races of women. That demographic was what the Democrats and Hillary Clinton thought they had cornered during the election in 2016. However, when the polling data came in, it was actually Trump who had won them over across the United States.
The poll revealed: “Republican women are more likely than Republican men to say that the two major parties do an adequate job representing the people — 45 percent to 22 percent, respectively.”
Independent millennials, those that are not currently affiliated with either party, were more likely to perceive the need for a third party challenge at about 75 percent. However, a majority of those that are associated with the Republican party still saw the significance for one at 69 percent.
The poll was done between the 26th October to the 10th of November through the University of Chicago with a representative sample of 1,876 people who were aged between 18 and 34.