A recent poll by The Washington Post and SurveyMonkey found surprising support for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson is unlikely to reach the level he needs to be eligible for the presidential debates, but in 15 states he’s already there.
To make the debates, Johnson would have to average 15 percent support in five pre-selected national polls by “mid-September.” A 7 percent showing in a CNN/ORC poll on Tuesday effectively killed his chances of reaching 15 percent for the first debate. He would have to average 19.7 percent in the remaining three polls to reach that goal. In this poll, he reached 15 percent in 15 different states, and 10 percent or more in 42 states.
Perhaps this strong showing, along with the fact that most Americans want to see Johnson in the debates, might help his chances. Even former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweeted his support for Johnson in the debates.
I hope voters get to see former GOP Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld on the debate stages this fall.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) September 7, 2016
Perhaps not surprisingly, Johnson did best in the state where he served as governor, New Mexico. Even there, he took 25 percent, behind both Trump (29 percent) and Clinton (37 percent). He took 23 percent in Utah, a deep red state where Trump (34 percent) is unpopular, but even there Clinton (27 percent) beat him. Johnson took 19 percent in Idaho, where Trump (44 percent) leads Clinton (25 percent) by a wide margin. He took 16 percent in Colorado and Iowa.
Johnson’s worst showing came in Mississippi, where he took 4 percent, less than “no opinion” (5 percent), and nowhere near Trump (46 percent) or Clinton (43 percent). He stood at 7 percent in Kentucky (a deep red state with Trump at 52 percent and Clinton at 29 percent) and in Hawaii (a deep blue state where Clinton took 51 percent and Trump took 25 percent).
In general, the poll showed Clinton with a clear lead over Trump in the Electoral College, despite the Republican’s recent rise in national polling over the last few weeks (he stands only 2.8 percent behind the Democrat in the RealClearPolitics average).
In a two-way match-up, Clinton led by four or more points in 20 states and the District of Columbia, adding up to 244 electoral votes, a mere 26 shy of the required 270 to win. Trump also led by at least four points in 20 states, but this support only added up to 168 electoral votes.
Most surprisingly, the poll found Texas to be a dead heat, with Clinton at 46 percent and Trump at 45 percent. In 2012, Romney won the state by 16 points.
But Trump has also brought some unexpected Midwest states into play, such as Wisconsin and Michigan, where Clinton led by only two points, while Trump beat her by four points in Iowa and three points in Ohio. Michigan proved most surprising, as the state has been very reliable for Democrats, always one of the 15 best states for them in the past five elections.
In the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado was a dead heat, with Clinton only two points ahead. In Arizona, Trump and Clinton stood roughly even, and in Nevada Clinton’s 5-point lead shrinks to three points in a four-way race.
With Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein included in the poll, Clinton’s lead decreased and more states came into play. Stein moved the needle much less than Johnson. Her peak of 10 percent came in Vermont, and she took 8 percent in Maine, and 7 percent in eight states, most of which are liberal (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Washington). She took only 2 percent in North Dakota, Mississippi, and Alabama.
The poll was conducted online between August 9 and September 1, with about 75,000 registered voters. The results showed strong and widespread support for Johnson.
Next Page: How the most viral Internet ad of the general election propelled Johnson’s support.
This growing support also comes as a viral pro-Johnson Facebook ad surpassed Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s biggest campaign ads for Facebook shares. The Balanced Rebellion video plugs Johnson as Batman compared to Clinton as the mob and Trump as the Joker. The ad has been shared more than 434,000 times, while Trump’s most popular ad has over 334,000 shares and Clinton’s has over 192,000, according to a Wednesday press release by Alternative PAC, the pro-Johnson group behind the ad.
“The popularity of this ad and the thousands who are signing up for Balanced Rebellion demonstrate the desire for a candidate outside the establishment options,” declared Matt Kibbe, Alternative PAC’s founder and president. He called the ad’s success “a major milestone for our campaign.”
Balanced Rebellion is a website which uses Facebook to match disgruntled Democrats with disgruntled Republicans in their state. As of last Friday, Alternative PAC reported it had identified 52,000 Democrats and Republicans who have pledged to vote for Johnson. At the end of last month, Kibbe told PJ Media the video had gotten 30,000 to make the pledge.
The video has racked up 18 million views, 170,000 likes, and it has raised almost $1.1 million from over 760 individual donors, according to the press release.
“Social media has leveled the playing field this election cycle,” Kibbe argued. “We may not have billions to spend but thanks to sites like Facebook we’ve been able to reach millions of disgruntled voters with our message and they’ve responded in resounding numbers.”
Alternative PAC’s stated goal is to propel Johnson to the necessary 15 percent in the polls to get him on the debate stage. Kibbe did not respond to a request for comment on how he would achieve this goal despite the 7 percent CNN/ORC poll on Tuesday.
On Thursday, Johnson made a mistake on air, asking an MSNBC panelist “What is Aleppo?” He apologized for the mistake soon after, espousing honesty in politics. PJ Media’s Stephen Kruiser verified his honesty, and in this case that certainly seems apropos.
Check out the video on the next page!
What Abe Lincoln Prophesied About Trump and Hillary.Join the Rebellion: BalancedRebellion.comYouTube Version: https://youtu.be/GLAh3pui-CI
Posted by Balanced Rebellion on Thursday, August 25, 2016