Here’s some interesting news: according to a new Monmouth University survey, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who announced at this year’s CPAC that he would seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, is polling 11% in a hypothetical three-way race between himself, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton:
Monmouth also tested a potential three-way race involving Clinton, Trump, and former GOP governor, now Libertarian, Gary Johnson. In this hypothetical contest, Clinton earns 42% of the vote – down 6 points from the two-person race – and Trump gets 34% – down 4 points from the two-person race. Johnson takes 11%. In this contest, Clinton maintains her swing state lead – 44% to 37% for Trump and 9% for Johnson – while her leaning state lead narrows – 43% to 34% for Trump and 9% for Johnson. Johnson gets his highest vote share – 15% – in the red states. Johnson is largely an unknown commodity. Just 9% have a favorable opinion of him and 15% an unfavorable opinion, while 3-in-4 (76%) don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.
Granted, this is just one poll, but it further reaffirms voter dissatisfaction with both Trump and Clinton. In 2012, Johnson set a record for number of votes received by a Libertarian Party candidate, and he could duplicate that success in 2016.