According to a new Gallup Poll released today, a third-party candidate (e.g. Bloomberg) will not be welcomed by voters in this year’s presidential election.

The Gallup folks draw this conclusion based on responses to the following question:

“Is there any candidate running this year that you think would make a good president, or not?”

If you check out the table of the historical responses to this question over the past few elections you’ll notice that this year’s respondents answered Yes twice as often as those in 1992 – the year Ross Perot won an amazing 18.9% of the popular vote as a third-party candidate.

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Sorry, Mr. Bloomberg (and Ron Paul). Better luck in 2012.

 

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