Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson receives 24% in nationwide pollSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:20
A new presidential opinion poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research shows Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson receiving 24 percent of the nationwide vote. The poll was commissioned by the Libertarian Action Super PAC, which supports Gov. Johnson's presidential campaign. After an earlier poll commissioned by LASPAC showed Johnson with 19 percent of the nationwide vote, an outpouring of donations made this recent poll possible.
The telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was worded as follows:
“Suppose in this year’s Presidential Election you had a choice of Libertarian Gary Johnson or Democrat Barack Obama. If the election were held today would you vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Democrat Barack Obama?”
Many will point out that the poll does not include Mitt Romney. Therefore, why is this poll relevant?
If one were to take a look at any of several nationwide polls, the wording is nearly identical, with the only exception being that these polls only include Obama and Romney. According to the rules of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization controlled by Democrats and Republicans that oversees the presidential debates, a candidate must achieve 15 percent in nationwide polling to be allowed to participate in the debates.
The Commission on Presidential Debates must be consistent. If two-candidate polls that include Obama and Romney are valid, this one is as well...