A new US poll shows that demand for an alternative candidate to the two main presidential nominees has surged since the last presidential election in 2012, underscoring the unpopularity of Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
There is a strong potential for a third-party presidential candidate to take enough of the vote in the presidential election in November to influence its outcome, the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows.
According to the July 1-8 poll released on Friday, 21 percent of likely voters will not back Clinton or Trump.
In the 2012 US presidential election, just 13 percent of likely voters opted out of the two main choices: Incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The survey also found that a majority of voters in the US have an “unfavorable” view of both main candidates, with 47 percent of Trump supporters and 46 percent of Clinton supporters saying their first priority when voting will be to…