Over Half of Republicans Say They’ll Vote 3rd Party if Trump is Nominee

March 16, 2016   |   John Vibes

John Vibes
March 16, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) According to exit poll results published by ABC News, 61 percent of Republican voters will vote for a third party if Donald Trump ends up getting the nomination.

While Trump does have very strong supporters, he is also a highly polarizing figure who has an equal number of critics. Trump is even polarizing among those in his own party, and may possibly push many Republicans to jump ship.

ABC reports:

“Among Republicans who did not vote for him this Tuesday night, 61 percent said they’d seriously consider a third party candidate if it were Trump vs. Clinton in November. Indeed, in another question, 45 percent of non-Trump supporters flatly said they would not vote for him in November if he were the party’s nominee.”

Additionally, roughly 40 percent of Trump supporters have said that they will vote third party if Trump does not get the nomination.

These numbers are staggering and have not been seen in any previous election. Typically, third party candidates struggle for just a few small percentage points of the total vote.

On the other end of the aisle, Hillary Clinton’s well-known ties to Wall Street, and her connection to the Obama administration, has left her unpopular among Democrats — despite the fact she is winning the race. If she gets the nomination, there is a good chance Sanders’ supporters will flock to third party candidates as well.

If the two remaining candidates are, in fact, Clinton and Trump, there is a possibility that an unprecedented number of voters will be pushed to vote for independent candidates.


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Author: John Vibes

John Vibes joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in October of 2014. His topics of interest include agorism, anarchism, consciousness, the Drug War, and spirituality. Born in Philadelphia, he currently resides in Maryland.

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  5. Good!! And most Trump voters will never vote for whatever establishment hack the Repugnants nominate if they manage to steal the nomination from Trump. And a good sized chunk of Sanders supporters will stay home on election day rather than voting for Hitlery. However, no matter how few people will vote for Hitlery or any of the Repugnants the presstitutes in the lame stream media will never give coverage to a third party – so no third party run will be successful.

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