Magazine article Editor & Publisher

GALLUP: Voters Happy with Choice of Candidates -- No 3rd Party Run Likely

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

GALLUP: Voters Happy with Choice of Candidates -- No 3rd Party Run Likely

Article excerpt

As usually happens at about this time in a race for president, some pundits are suggesting that large numbers of the electorate are not satisfied with the selection of candidates this year, or feel they are not fully addressing the key issues, or are dreaming of someone else to jump into the race as a late candidate (Al Gore?) or a third-party savior (Mike Bloomberg? Ron Paul?).

Didn't Ross Perot get 19% of the vote in 1992 as an independent candidate, the last time the economy seemed to be falling apart? Reuters revealed today: "Consumer advocate Ralph Nader said on Monday he will decide soon on whether to make a another bid for the White House in 2008, eight years after playing a key role as a third party presidential candidate."

There's one big problem with these scenarios, Frank Newport, head of the Gallup organization, reports today: Voters are actually pretty darn happy with the choices they already have.

After reviewing a January 10-13 Gallup poll, he concludes: "The data reviewed above suggest that the environment would not be nearly as propitious this year as it was for Perot that year. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.