Libertarian Gary Johnson is starting to gain momentum in Presidential Polls. The little known candidate is now pulling approximately 10% of the vote nationwide, and polls show that his vote share is hurting Donald Trump’s chances of winning the election. Some Presidential polls that include Gary Johnson show the third party candidate with enough momentum to interrupt the current campaign narrative, with the real possibility of effecting the outcome of the election in November.
Gary Johnson is not a newcomer in the political world. Johnson previously served as the Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, and even ran for President in 2012. In 2016, Gary Johnson has become the official nominee for the Libertarian party for the 2nd consecutive Presidential election, showing how much confidence the party has in their candidate.
Despite confidence from other Libertarian party leaders, Johnson is unlikely to be able to do much more than interrupt the battle between Trump and Clinton this November. Johnson is likely to see his campaign to term, pushing for support all the way up to when we vote for the next President on November 8th.
We’ve received feedback from site visitors that they want to be able to vote for Gary Johnson. Some have even been upset and emailed us for not including Gary in our online presidential poll. Unfortunately, polling at just 10%, we don’t think that adding Gary Johnson will add any legitimacy to our presidential poll results. In fact, most people don’t even know who Gary Johnson is.
But they certainly know who Hillary Clinton are. The two party system candidates are headed into what is predicted to be the most exciting and entertaining Presidential race ever seen. Both candidates are heavily disliked by the oppositions supporters, and many voters are choosing to vote defensively in 2016. Defensive voting is when a registered citizen votes for one candidate based not on things that they like about them, but based on what they dislike about their opponent.
If you really think that we should include Gary Johnson in our Presidential Poll, email us. We also want to hear from you if you think that we shouldn’t include Johnson in our vote for the President, simply because he has such a slim chance of winning the election. We look forward to hearing from you!