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A third political party?

Hypothetical . . .

Imagine the spectrum of political party Dem-Rep. Imagine that the spectrum would now be cut into three:
The far left, the middle, The far right. Each comprising about 33.3 percent of voters.

Far left remains democrat
Far right republican
Middle = New group

In an honest opinion about yourself, where do you stand?

I am a middle straddler . . .

 
ImaginationMama

Asked by ImaginationMama at 4:07 PM on Mar. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (21)
  • It's not the parties that are the problem, it's the elections system that requires pandering for money, in order to get elected. Once you "owe" someone, all hope of change is lost. In order to get elected, any third party candidate would have to play the same game. We need election reform!

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 4:59 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • I am a conservative, and I will vote with the most conservative candidate, regardless of his party affiliation.
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 4:14 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • No. It would be the object of manipulation and coercion to split the vote. We would have another "Ross Perot" election.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 4:23 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • To answer your question I guess Im somewhere in the middle. Both sides have done some horrible things. When people ask my husband and I if we are d or r we say neither we just use "common sense"
    PartyOf5InWI

    Answer by PartyOf5InWI at 9:27 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • Middle but leans to the right
    Charis76

    Answer by Charis76 at 4:13 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • 3rd parties aren't possible because of our winner-take-all system. They will never have more than occasional success.

    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:26 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • Hmmm, I can't help but wonder why I have a down vote? Did I say something insulting? Or is it merely because I admit to not being conservative? Sorry, not trying to change the subject, OP, just wondering, heh.
    Anouck

    Answer by Anouck at 4:32 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • I am more concerned with a candidate attempting to legislate morality or make decision based on his/her religious affiliation or belief system. I would prefer to know nothing about a candidate's "religious" beliefs. Religious dogma should have zero impact on political decisions-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 5:18 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • I agree with those that said a third party would have problems having any kind of success in this country, even though in theory I like the idea of them. I'm an Independent (mostly left-libertarian).

    In this hypothetical, I would be a Democrat--although I'm not a registered Democrat now. I am generally more left leaning than most Democrats, but I line up with them more than Republicans on all but a few issues. There are about a half a dozen issues where my stance is either undecided or I feel I'm able to see both sides of the issue so my views are in between typical liberal or conservative stances. Because I am moderate on a few issues, I would say I'd be a Democrat in this hypothetical but could be a swing vote for the moderate party if I liked certain candidates.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 8:26 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • There are already a couple dozen small but active "third" parties. Mine is the Modern Whigs.
    eema.gray

    Answer by eema.gray at 4:09 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

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