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Gary Johnson Polls in the Double Digits against Clinton and Trump

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Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, who ran as the Libertarian nominee in 2012 and garnered over a million votes in the general election, is polling in the double digits in a three-way race against major party front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Washington Times reported Thursday that a new Monmouth University poll shows Johnson with 11 percent against Trump (34%) and Clinton (42%).

While that does not sound like a lot, keep in mind that Johnson is getting little to no media attention, doesn’t have near the fundraising or cash-on-hand as Clinton or Trump, and has yet to be named the Libertarian nominee. Johnson is polling at 11 percent in an election system that is designed to minimize the presence and support of outside candidates.

As no candidate comes close to majority support, it is clear that many Americans are simply not satisfied with what the major parties are offering.

The Washington Times reports:

“More than three-quarters of respondents didn’t know enough about Mr. Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and 2012 presidential candidate, to have formed an opinion. Mr. Johnson received more than 1 million votes in 2012 — a record for a

 

Libertarian candidate — which amounted to about 1 percent of the popular vote.

But 40 percent of registered voters said they had a favorable opinion of Mrs. Clinton, compared to 51 percent with an unfavorable one.

 

Mr. Trump fared even worse, with 30 percent reporting a favorable opinion of him and 60 percent viewing him unfavorably.”

For those unfamiliar with Johnson, he is an entrepreneur and served as governor of New Mexico for 8 years from 1995 to 2003. From a broad perspective, Johnson’s campaign is founded on the ideas of personal freedom and responsibility and making one’s own choices as long as it doesn’t negatively affect others.

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More specifically, Johnson supports replacing income and payroll taxes with a consumption-based tax system, congressional term limits, a more noninterventionist foreign policy, comprehensive criminal justice reform that would reduce the number of nonviolent felons, and marijuana legalization.

Public opinion polls consistently show that a broad range of voters could potentially get behind the platform of a candidate like Johnson. Americans are also angry with a system that tells them their vote doesn’t count. Voters feel unrepresented in government and with the only two real choices they are given each election, the Democratic and Republican parties.

Where will many Bernie Sanders supporters go when the primary season is finished? A Clinton campaign with no enthusiasm or populist appeal? Where will the anti-Trump movement turn? There is a case to be made that 2016 will see the strongest showing from a third party candidate and past election results and polling suggest that Johnson is going to be that third party candidate.

Stay tuned to IVN as we explore further the viability of a Johnson presidential campaign.

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624 comments
Ginger Jourdan Rushing
Ginger Jourdan Rushing

Everything except the consumption based tax system which hurts poor people. You'll. Find that other stuff in the Democratic platform and supported by Sanders and Clinton.

Cathy Liedl
Cathy Liedl

Anyone is better than Trump! \U0001f63a

Mike Muirhead
Mike Muirhead

Not in favor of the consumption based tax system. It's been shown to place an unfair burden of the lower income levels of society. I'm good with the rest of it though. Although you know the point that gathers about 90% of all a candidates coverage and voting appeal is taxes. A lot of people only look for that single issue.

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

This is a fair fear, but in this case unfounded.  This was taken from the FAQ on the Fair Tax, which is the tax plan Gary Johnson advocates for.


"Is the FAIRtax progressive? Do the rich pay more and the poor pay less as a percentage of their spending? 


Absolutely. The poor actually pay less than zero-percent retail sales tax on their spending. Much like with the earned income tax credit of today, the prebate may give them more money than they actually spend on retail taxes. Especially if they are frugal and buy mostly used products. On the other hand, the wealthy approach a maximum of 23-percent retail sales tax on their spending.- See more at: http://fairtax.org/faq#sthash.5AaDvasN.dpuf"" 

Raymond Hughes
Raymond Hughes

I don't agree with the consumption based tax system and as far as nonintervention, we should be involved when it's necessary, not for money interest.

Gene Weinbeck
Gene Weinbeck

Most consumption based taxes are a bad idea. A VAT that is based on company size (large ones pay a much higher rate than small) could be better. Term limits are bad because it results in inexperienced legislators who are at the mercy of lobbyists.

Dan Wight
Dan Wight

Who? His anonymity is unfortunately dooming him from the start and his platform seems an awfully lot like what Bernie sanders has been talking about for years in congress and now seems to be getting through the corporate media "filters." So we already have the guy we need.

Ruth Ann Coleman
Ruth Ann Coleman

Who is he? Whoever gets the majority should win nomination.

Jason Decker
Jason Decker

Support everything, but consumption based tax system. I don't believe that is the way to go. I support higher consumption taxes at the state and local level instead of property taxes, but not at the federal level.

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

This was taken from the FAQ on the Fair Tax, which is the tax plan Gary Johnson advocates for. You should look over the rest of the FAQ as well. 


"Is the FAIRtax progressive? Do the rich pay more and the poor pay less as a percentage of their spending? 


Absolutely. The poor actually pay less than zero-percent retail sales tax on their spending. Much like with the earned income tax credit of today, the prebate may give them more money than they actually spend on retail taxes. Especially if they are frugal and buy mostly used products. On the other hand, the wealthy approach a maximum of 23-percent retail sales tax on their spending.- See more at: http://fairtax.org/faq#sthash.5AaDvasN.dpuf"" 

Christopher David Knox
Christopher David Knox

Libertarian Party candidate. That killed it right there. Who took the poll I never heard to support this Libertarian loon.

Larry Chapman
Larry Chapman

Americans need People's help vote Trump President

Kristen McCormick
Kristen McCormick

I voted for Gary last time! I'd love to see him get a real chance at running!

Scott Bonnet
Scott Bonnet

Regressive taxation, what a "new and fresh" idea. Stupid.

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

This was taken from the FAQ on the Fair Tax, which is the tax plan Gary Johnson advocates for.

"Is the FAIRtax progressive? Do the rich pay more and the poor pay less as a percentage of their spending? 


Absolutely. The poor actually pay less than zero-percent retail sales tax on their spending. Much like with the earned income tax credit of today, the prebate may give them more money than they actually spend on retail taxes. Especially if they are frugal and buy mostly used products. On the other hand, the wealthy approach a maximum of 23-percent retail sales tax on their spending.- See more at: http://fairtax.org/faq#sthash.5AaDvasN.dpuf"" 

John Graham
John Graham

Why do we need to pay taxes for consuming things we need to stay alive? Or is that the reason why to base it on consumption? Cuz we have no choice?

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

I assume you are worried that it is regressive and will harm the middle class and poor. This is from the FAQ on the Fair Tax, which is the consumption tax that Gary Johnson talks about. 

"Is the FAIRtax progressive? Do the rich pay more and the poor pay less as a percentage of their spending? 


Absolutely. The poor actually pay less than zero-percent retail sales tax on their spending. Much like with the earned income tax credit of today, the prebate may give them more money than they actually spend on retail taxes. Especially if they are frugal and buy mostly used products. On the other hand, the wealthy approach a maximum of 23-percent retail sales tax on their spending.- See more at: http://fairtax.org/faq#sthash.5AaDvasN.dpuf"" 

Stephen Poline
Stephen Poline

This is exactly what this country doesn't need! We the people want Trump for president!!!\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8\U0001f1fa\U0001f1f8

David Marting
David Marting

It is an excellent start. But is still the tip of the iceberg of politicians mis use of their office.

Nils Victor Montan
Nils Victor Montan

NO! We don't need this guy sticking his freaking nose into an already insane election.

Scott Gilbert
Scott Gilbert

Other than that incredibly discriminatory tax system, he's ok. But.... Not a snowball's chance in the hottest circle of Hell.

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

I assume you're worried about how the Fair Tax would harm the poor. Not to worry my friend.


"Is the FAIRtax progressive? Do the rich pay more and the poor pay less as a percentage of their spending? 


Absolutely. The poor actually pay less than zero-percent retail sales tax on their spending. Much like with the earned income tax credit of today, the prebate may give them more money than they actually spend on retail taxes. Especially if they are frugal and buy mostly used products. On the other hand, the wealthy approach a maximum of 23-percent retail sales tax on their spending.- See more at: http://fairtax.org/faq#sthash.5AaDvasN.dpuf"" 

And whether or not he stands a chance is really up to you, if you don't vote for him, he can't win. And even if you think he can't win the office, if the Libertarian Party gets at least 5% of the vote they become a major party. Which injects some much need competition into our politics. 

Tim Bohn
Tim Bohn

11% may be a double digit but it's not enough to be a contender.....

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

He's getting 11% with not nearly resources of the other two, that is something. And on top of that it will likely rise as he gets more national coverage, and people start looking into him. Another thing is if he gets at least 5% of the national vote it makes the Libertarian Party a major party and puts them in a strong position for 2020. 

KaiMolan
KaiMolan

Against, he's a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Then again the Libertarian Party is strong on civil rights, so its not a big surprise. 

Kyle Schadeck
Kyle Schadeck

I forgot how many authoritarian statist wind bags there are on independent voter.

Walt Sabourin
Walt Sabourin

Gary Johnson wants to drive on dirt roads, read by lantern light, prefers outhouses to bathrooms...his wagons are circled making no progress at all....

ChrisHost
ChrisHost

have you researched him at all before making this statement? He is socially liberal but fiscally conservative, gee, what a concept, you don't have to be a complete nanny state to care about people and their personal freedoms. 

Terry R Cushman
Terry R Cushman

I would like to see him on the main stage, might do good against trump and Clinton. I'm still voting trump. But I am in favor of his platform and would like to see policy pushed 3rd rail libertarian.

Steve Tate
Steve Tate

the liberterian party kicks out ron and randy then endorses them whats u with that

Chris Weigand
Chris Weigand

Federal income tax should have the median income for a person`s State as the only exemption, no deductions, all income treated the same, not a higher rate for income one works for than unearned income (ie: Cap. gains, etc.), flat rate for all income over that amount. So only "upper income" pays Federal income tax, "lower income" pays no income tax. Replace the income tax over time with the Constitutionally prescribed, excise taxes, imposts, and duties. Eliminate Dept Education, DHS, DEA, etc, etc.

JC Lane
JC Lane

Forget this guy, vote TRUMP for POTUS 2016

KatBull
KatBull

Why? Trump has no legitimate platform because he has absolutely no idea what he's doing. Yelling and screaming just so you can get your frustrations off your chest does not make him a POTUS. He can't, as POTUS do the things he says yet you believe him anyway. Short-sighted on your part. Besides, the parties pick their candidates not the people and the GOP has other people in mind for the position. You lose, regardless.

James Dezendorf
James Dezendorf

Just read Mike Zeiglers Post that sums it up perfectly

T.R. Hernacki
T.R. Hernacki

Talking points sound interesting. This the person John Musial?

John Musial
John Musial

We shall see, buit he has been a good libertariain the past.

Charles Highum
Charles Highum

Hey. I like Gary, but we need Bernie in the WH firstly. THEN. we can comprimise on putting other smaller party members in Congress come mid term. That is where Obama and the Dems failed and Repugs took over Congress. Bernie never had a chance in hell according to all the media. Look at him now!! Help him consolidate and support Bernie and we Bernicrates would be partial to your local candidates!! It's called comprimise and we need to send a message to the corporations we are fighting!!!