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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What America Thinks: Are Americans Over the Two-Party System?

It’s no secret that Americans are weary of big government, but have they had enough of the two major political parties as well? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Right now, American voters don’t really trust either major political party. Fewer than 40% believe that either party has a plan for where it wants to take the nation, and most feel confident in saying that neither Republicans nor Democrats are the party of the people. To the contrary, most voters think Washington's political class has simply lost touch with them.

And that's true among the rank and file in both parties. The number of Democrats who think Democrats in Congress have a plan for where they want to take the country is shrinking. Over the past two years, confidence in Republican lawmakers among GOP voters has taken a heavy hit. Today, 48% of Republicans and 40% of Democrats agree that neither party can be considered the party of the people; a resounding 70% of unaffiliated feel the same.

And how about this? The number of all voters who think their representative in Congress deserves to be reelected--29%.

Despite the discontent, one thing’s for sure: both parties will be voted back in power and will be back in business this November.

But where's the disconnect? Here's a hint: nearly two-thirds of American voters believe election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Leon Sculti. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.