Voters staying loyal to major parties despite historical unfavorable ratings

Voters staying loyal to major parties despite historical unfavorable ratings

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's two months before America elects a new president and some voters' disapproval of the major party candidates seems to be the only thing they can agree on.

"One of the challenges for voters who hold an unfavorable view of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is do they pick, in their minds, one of the lesser of two evils or do they cast a vote for a third party candidate if they know that candidate is not likely to win?" said Fox 8 political analyst Mike Sherman said.

Trump earns a 54 percent unfavorable rating among likely voters, and Clinton sits even higher at 56 percent, according to CNN Polls.

Many people say they plan to vote for one major party candidate to prevent the other from getting into the White House.

"They're not voting for someone. They're voting against someone and what we are offering is an opportunity for people to vote for a candidate," Louisiana Libertarian Party Vice Chairman Michael Dodd said.

Dodd sees the potential in his candidate Gary Johnson who's polling near ten percent nationally, but the problem is making the other voters aware that Johnson is even an option.

"The two party system has become excessive, cumbersome, overwhelming and almost to the point where it's so big it's difficult to fight the system," Dodd said.

"A vote for Jill Stein is not a vote for whoever the other is. It's a vote for that person, and it's a vote for my conscience," Louisiana Green Party member and First District U.S. Congressional Seat candidate Eliot Barron said.

But with the Green Party's presidential candidate Jill Stein polling around two percent chances are Barron's pick will be on the outside looking in come November.

"I've heard a lot of people talk about sitting this election out, and I respect it as an impulse," Barron said. "But I think there's a better way to make your voice be heard."

If those third party candidates stay out of the limelight and public view they may not get their voices heard, especially when both poll below the mark to compete with Clinton and Trump in a presidential debate.

"The big number for third party candidate is 15 percent. If you can hit that number in the polls, you can find yourself on the main debate stage then it's a whole new ballgame," Sherman said.

The latest CNN Poll puts Trump ahead of Clinton 45 to 43 percent.

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