Washington Post

How to fix democracy: Break up the Democratic and Republican parties, experts say

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Dissatisfaction with two-party politics is at an all-time high, new Gallup polling shows, with 62% of Americans saying Democrats and Republicans are doing such a poor job of representing their constituents that a third party is needed.

But the zero-sum, winner-take-all dynamics of U.S. elections makes it nearly impossible for third parties to gain electoral traction, despite survey data that shows fully half of Americans don't identify with any party and label themselves independents. It also was underscored this past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference, when former president Donald Trump ruled out creating a third political party to promote his brand of nationalist conservatism...

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