46% of respondents stated that they would be enthusiastic or comfortable with an independent or third party candidate, while only 23% stated that they would have reservations or be uncomfortable about the prospect. Perhaps what is most instructive about these results is not the fact that such a large portion of the public is willing to consider a third party or independent candidate for Congress, but rather that the generic Democratic and Republican candidates are each opposed by an absolute majority of registered voters.
Clearly, voter discontent isn’t just with Democrats. Major party incumbents everywhere are now suspect. And for good reason. D.C. is out of touch, insular, and too prone to being cozy with corporations. The wars, weak economy, and now the Gulf spill highlight how ineffective our government is.
Widespread dissatisfaction may well lead to a voter revolt in November.