Fewer Americans are identifying the Republican or Democratic party. A poll taken by the 2015 Pew Research Center has shown that nearly-[ 40 percent of Americans identify as independent. In 1961, only 20 percent of Americans identified as independent.
This poll shows that more people are frustrated with the Republican and Democratic party. However, studies have also shown that even when people are independent, they tend to lean more towards one party. This means that even though many people refuse to be affiliated with one party, they tend to favor one party over another one.
The reason that independent voters tend to lean towards one party is because they know that a third-party candidate has a low chance of winning. Even if a third-party candidate gets 20 percent of the vote, it will not count. That is why many people believe that a vote for someone other than a Republican or Democratic candidate will be a wasted vote.
Third party candidates are still struggling despite the fact that independent voters are growing. In the 2016 election, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein got less than 5 percent of the vote. This is 1/4 of what Ross Perot got in 1992. Thirty-six percent of people said that they were independents in 1992.
Conor Friedersdorf, who is a writer, is an independent voter. However, he stated that he will be casting a party-line vote in the upcoming midterm election. He said that he believes that there are bad candidates in both parties. He also believes that voting for a third-party candidate will be a waste of time.
Libertarians do not believe that a third-party vote is a wasted vote. Alex Keena is a Virginia Commonwealth University professor. He stated that people vote for third-party candidates because they feel that if they vote for what they want, then they will end up getting something that they do not want.