Third Party Like it's 1999

What percent of Americans think that a Republicans and Democrats do such a bad job of representing the American people that we meed a third major party?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What trend do you see in the data?

  3. Why do you think that is?

  4. What is one consequence of this?

  5. What do you think public approval of third (minor) parties says about approval of the two major parties?

  6. How much do you think this dissatisfaction with the two major parties impacts voter turnout?

  7. Breaking News: there are alternative parties (third parties) to the Democrats and Republicans in America today. Why don’t more people vote for them?

  8. American democracy would be better off if we had a robust and viable third (minor) party. Make a claim either supporting or refuting this statement:

  9. Let’s imagine there was a strong and electable third party in America. How would that impact how extreme the Democratic and Republican parties?

  10. There are strong third and even fourth parties in most other democracies. What about the way we vote inhibits the growth of third parties.

  11. If you had to vote for a minor (third) party, which one would you likely support?

  12. Are any third parties on the ballot in your state?

  13. How much do you think minor parties will impact his year’s election?
    The Green party candidate in Arizona dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democratic candidate for the Senate. Explain why they did this?

  14. Some say that voting for a third party is a waste of a vote. Make an argument refuting or supporting this claim.

  15. How do you think party affiliation impacts people’s attitudes about third parties?

  16. What would the Framers think about the state of political parties in America today?

Visual Extension


Learning Extension

Check out this Gallup polling data on minor (third) parties in America.

Action Extension

Look up the ballot in your district and note how many minor party candidate are on the ballot. Share your results in class or online.

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