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A Deep Dive on Parties and Political Reform

McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Americans want electoral reforms so that they can have more choice in elections. Recent surveys show that 20 to 50 percent of Americans are open to a new electoral system, while demand for a third party has crept upward since Gallup began asking in 2003. More Americans now call themselves “independent” than identify with either of the major parties, but what happens when Americans try to reform their way out of a two-party system?

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