Independent or third party candidate show well in generic Congressional ballot done by Public Policy Polling. Tom Jensen writes on the Public Policy Polling blog, “Our (generic Congressional) national poll (asked).. the standard Democrat/Republican choice and the other was a Democrat/Republican/Independent or Third Party choice.” The results when three choices are given, 22% of respondents said they would choose an independent or third party candidate.
Jensen wrote that the independent streak runs deeper in Republicans. He writes, “twice as many GOP voters as Democrats would prefer to vote for a third way instead of their own party next year.”
He also writes that sentiment from voters could hurt Republicans in the 2010, and points to Doug Hoffman’s strong third party run in New York’s 23rd Congressional District special election as proof.