Friednash: Two prominent Coloradans jump their parties’ ships. What does that say about our two-party system?

Friednash: Two prominent Coloradans jump their parties’ ships. What does that say about our two-party system?

Feb 25, 2021

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Author, The Denver Post, February 25, 2021

A recent Gallup poll placed Americans’ interest in a third major political party at an all-time high: 62% of Americans say the parties do a poor job representing the American people and a third party is needed. Only 33% believe they are doing an adequate job of representing the people.

The fact that 42% of active Colorado voters register as unaffiliated is a clear rejection of the two-party system. Merely five years ago, Colorado party registration gave Democrats 32%, Republicans 33% and unaffiliated voters 35%. Today, Democrats have 30% and Republicans 27%. Unaffiliated voters have increased by a stunning 570,653 total voters.

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