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Strong Third-Party Presidential Candidate Unlikely in 2012: Scott Rasmussen '86

August 6, 2011

100335August 6, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — A McClatchy Newspapers article which takes a crystal ball look ahead to the 2012 presidential election, notes, "Pollster Scott Rasmussen, the founder and president of Rasmussen Reports, said that if the general election appeared to be close, he doubted that a strong third-party candidate would emerge." Adam Sege writes, "Rasmussen added, however, that voters are 'discouraged and angry' with both major political parties. The last three elections largely rejected the party in power, he noted, as Democrats won back both houses of Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008, and Republicans won back the House and gained ground in the Senate last year. Rasmussen said he could easily imagine a strong87061 third-party alternative emerging by the 2016 election."

A 1986 graduate of DePauw, Rasmussen says, "The gap between the American people and their leaders is bigger than the gap between the Republicans and Democrats."

Access the full text at the website of the Kansas City Star.

Scott Rasmussen is author of Mad as Hell: How the Tea Party Movement is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System and In Search of Self-Governance. He co-founded ESPN with his father, Bill Rasmussen '54

Learn more him in this recent story.