Gallup: 60% Of Americans Say Third Party Is Needed

David Ficke, of Maryland Heights, Mo., attends the "Gateway to November" rally hosted by the St. Louis Tea Party and Tea Party Patriots on Sept. 12, 2010, at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
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Amid a government shutdown and continuing brinkmanship over the debt ceiling, 60 percent of Americans feel that a third party is needed to accurately represent their interests, according to a Gallup survey published Friday.

The numbers reflect the highest dissatisfaction with the nation’s two political parties since Gallup first asked the question 10 years ago. Just 26% of respondents believe the Democratic and Republican parties adequately represent Americans.

Those polled that identified as Republicans and Democrats were equal in their view that a third party is needed, 52 percent and 49 percent respectively.

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