Anyone who follows politics knows there are some real problems with our current two party system, and it seems a lot of people want to hear more than just two opinions. A Federal Court is currently considering whether requirements should be eliminated that basically excludes third party candidates from participating in presidential debates and it seems like a lot of people think they should.

The Commission on Presidential Debates requires a candidate to receive 15% support in five major national polls to participate in the presidential debates, but a new poll by Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland finds that 72% of people say it’s “very” important to make it easier for independent or third party candidates to take part, with 27% saying it’s “somewhat” important.

And it seems that opinion is shared regardless of party affiliation, with 72% of Democrats, 69% of Republicans and 78% of Independents agreeing third party candidates should be able to participate.

When it comes to Congress, people are also in favor of giving more of a platform to third party candidates. Overall, 74% of people agree that "the government should take steps to make it more possible for independent and third-party candidates to compete in Congressional elections,” with that breaking down to 71% of Republicans, 75% of Democrats and 78% of Independents.

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