Gary Johnson passes Trump, now 2nd among Millennials

 

 

By Mark Wachtler

Recent polls show that 62% of all voters and 82% of Millennials want Libertarian Gary Johnson included in the Presidential debates.

September 20, 2016. (ONN) If voters aged 34 and under were in charge, the two candidates participating in the coming nationally televised Presidential debates would be Hillary Clinton and Gary Johnson, not Clinton and Trump. That is the surprising result from the latest national Presidential poll. Proving that the youngest one-third of Americans are no fans of the two establishment parties, the poll shows 44 percent of them backing either the Libertarian Johnson or the Greens’ Jill Stein.



In the most recent Quinnipiac University poll released September 14, Hillary Clinton still leads nationally with 41% of the vote. Donald Trump is in a close second with 39%. And Libertarian Gary Johnson is only two points shy of meeting the polling threshold to be included in the all-important TV debates. He is garnering 13%. The Green Party’s Jill Stein rounds out the field with 4%.

The most eye-catching portion of the poll is the result when broken-out by age. Among voters aged 18-34, Libertarian Gary Johnson has surpassed Republican Donald Trump and moved into second place behind Democrat Hillary Clinton.

 

Voters aged 18-34 (from Quinnipiac, September 14, 2016):

Hillary Clinton (D) – 31%

Gary Johnson (L)  – 29%

Donald Trump (R)  – 26%

Jill Stein (G)  – 15%

 

The first of three nationally televised Presidential debates will take place this coming Monday. The mysterious ‘Commission’ that runs the debates, and decides which candidates can and can’t participate, has already announced that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will not be allowed to take part. With six days before the first debate, the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and both candidates are organizing their supporters and publicly demanding that they be included.



A separate section of the same Quinnipiac poll shows the main problem for the two opposition candidates - name recognition. Among all voters, 53% said they weren’t familiar with Libertarian Gary Johnson. And 72% said they didn’t know enough about the Greens’ Jill Stein.

The final portion of the national poll illustrates why so many Americans believe the election system is rigged in favor of the establishment and their candidates. The youngest one-third of Americans are outraged that the Libertarians and Greens are being excluded from the Presidential debates. The results in this particular section of the poll suggest that the days of unchallenged power for Democrats and Republicans are numbered. Consider the following poll question and voters’ response.

 

From Quinnipiac University poll September 14, 2016:

Would you consider voting for a third party candidate in this election?

Among all voters

Yes – 37%

No – 60%

Don’t know – 3%

 

Among voters 18-34

Yes – 62%

No – 32%

Don’t know – 6%



The last time a third party candidate was allowed by the Commission on Presidential Debates to participate in the nationally televised debates was in 1992. Reform Party nominee Ross Perot was included due to widespread national demand. He was only polling 7% at the time. After the debates, Perot surged into first place ahead of President George HW Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton. That’s the power of the televised debates and the reason third party candidates should be allowed to participate.

 

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