NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Third Party candidates for president have seen a spike in interest among voters who have grown wary of the Democratic and Republican candidates.
While it is unlikely that the Libertarian or Green Party has a real shot at the White House on November 8, their respective candidates did make inroads when it comes to interest from the American voter. 13News Now spoke to local representatives from both parties about the key issues from this election.
In a survey conducted by Christopher Newport University Wason Center Poll, the Libertarian Party garnered a favorability rating on 34 percent, and 30 percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of the party. An estimated 30 percent had no view while 6 percent didn’t know.
Green Party representative Jeff Staples calls for investing to the state infrastructure by turning to clean, renewable energy, as a way to create new jobs.
Robert Dean with the Tidewater Libertarian Party says that cutting the corporate tax with spur growth.
The same poll gauged which party would be better for the economy, with Trump’s 49 percent to Clinton’s 44 percent who believe she would have a better impact on the economy. The Tidewater Libertarian Party, which sees itself as an alternative to the Republican Party, sides with Trump.
While voters have expressed interest in an alternative political party, surveys show an erosion. A CNU Wason Center poll take on Sept. 26th found that Green Party candidate Jill Stein was polling at 3 percent, which has now dropped to 1 percent among voters.
Staples, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Republican Del. Barry Knight’s seat, says the polls often do not poll voters under the age of 35, which is the age group that often flock to 3rd party options.
On the Libertarian side, Gary Johnson has fallen in the polls as well when it comes to who voters would chose for office. Dean says future candidates would do well to draw on the failures of establishment candidates to gain traction for future elections.