Half of all registered voters say are satisfied with having just two parties contending in next year’s presidential election — and while 18% in this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll would like to see a third party candidate and another third aren’t sure, many don’t see New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who just saw his city through an earthquake and a hurricane – as someone they would support as independent candidate.
Expressed dissatisfaction with a two-party presidential vote limit is highest among independents — 35% of whom say they want a third party choice and just as many aren’t sure. But only 14% of independents say they’d be likely to support Bloomberg.
Polls conducted before the recent earthquake and hurricane suggest that Bloomberg is having problems with many in his own city: in the latest Marist Poll of New York City voters, just 39% of them said Bloomberg was doing a good job.
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