By Jamie Rivera Published 07/22/2016 07:57:00 | Views: 2622
Google search spike for 'third party candidate 2016' in American election
 

Trump or Hillary?

That is, effectively, the question that is going to be put to 225 million Americans later this year.

The problem is the simple question of who should be the next president isn’t an easy decision for some people, who don’t want to hand their vote to the Republican or Democrat candidate.

Disillusioned Americans are desperately trying to come up with a solution – at least, we’re assuming so based on the unprecedented rise of a Google search term.

Internet searches for ‘third party candidate 2016’ have skyrocketed by an incredible 1,150% in the last week, peaking this morning.

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This is how many people have searched for ‘third party candidate 2016’ in the last week (Picture: Google)

We’re absolutely certain that it’s a coincidence people are searching for alternatives during the week of the Republican National Convention.

But it can’t be seen as a surprise as both Mr Trump and Ms Clinton are considered to be unpopular options.

 

So who are the third party candidates?

Gary Johnson

There's been a massive spike in Google searches for 'third party candidate 2016' MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and Presidential Nominee for the Libertarian Party appears on

Gary Johnson is running again (Picture: Getty)

The Libertarian Party candidate also ran in 2012 and is thought to be in third place in the polls.

The isolationist party, which is focused on small government, claim that Mr Johnson has recently polled 13% to Ms Clinton’s 42% and Mr Trump’s 37%.

Former New Mexico governor Mr Johnson could achieve relative success in the election by swaying conservatives who are anti-Trump.

Jill Stein

There's been a massive spike in Google searches for 'third party candidate 2016' WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 06: Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein speaks at the National Press Club February 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Stein announced the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the Green Party's presidential nomination again in 2016. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jill Stein is hoping to ride the Bernie bandwagon (Picture: Getty)

Like Mr Johnson, the Green Party’s Ms Stein ran for office four years ago and has been trying to lure Bernie Sanders’ supporters to vote for her rather than Ms Clinton.

Transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2030, tackling climate change and ending poverty are among her policies.

Standing for the pro-peace environmental party in the 2012 election, she received about 470,000 votes

Tom Hoefling

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Tom Hoefling is standing for the American Independent Party

If you aren’t a fan of Mr Trump, you probably won’t get on with Mr Hoefling and the American Independent Party.

They oppose abortion and same-sex marriage, and think a massive fence should be built around the entire US border (yes, those are their actual beliefs).

Previously, lots of people accidentally signed up while trying to register as independent – the Los Angeles Times found that nearly 75% of its members in California did not realise they had joined.

Gloria La Riva

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Another outsider is Gloria La Riva

On the other side of the spectrum is Ms La Riva and the Party of Socialism and Liberation.

The socialist party has received little support in recent elections, and experts believe that is unlikely to change in 2016.

As well as free health care, the PSL say that if they are elected ‘the wealth of society would be used to create a sustainable environment’.

Kanye West

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Just kidding – but in four years, who knows? (Picture: Scott Dudelson/FilmMagic)

Just checking you’re still paying attention.

No, Kanye isn’t in the running for the White House, at least this time.

He has repeatedly threatened to run in four years’ time, with the hashtag #Kanye2020 boosting the rapper’s campaign across social media.

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By Jamie Rivera 07/22/2016 07:57:00
 
 

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