Whenever people ask me, if I could vote in the US elections, whom would I vote for, I usually answer: “Gary Johnson“!
To which they say: “WHO?”
Gary Johnson, you know, the head of the third largest political party in the US, the Libertarian Party, and former governor of New Mexico!
And everybody just sighs, shakes their heads, and dismisses him.
But is that about to change?
In 2012, Gary Johnson received 1% of the vote – which is not that great, but still an improvement.
His biggest enemy is obscurity.
However, with no viable candidates among the two big and corrupt-to-the-marrow political parties, people might just start to look around for another candidate.
And if the Libertarian Party does some good advertising, this poll from Monmouth University suggests he might stand to pick up 11% of the vote!
OK – perhaps a pipe-dream, but one can hope!
Getting over 5% of the vote would be a game changer for the party, because that is when the fed money starts to roll in… I’m not saying that is a good thing in itself, just that if the other parties are getting the money and that is not about to change…you know what I mean: it would go some small way towards leveling the playing field.
A new concept, that level playing field! We should give it a try!
March 25, 2016 at 19:13
It won’t happen, simply because the United States system isn’t designed to give third parties a fighting chance.
In 1992, Ross Perot ran for president and garnered over 20% of the popular vote. Unprecedented in history for a non-former president. He got 0% of the electoral votes!!! Let that sink in for second…
Despite the early polls, the closer people are to election day, the greater propensity they have of changing their vote to a candidate they feel is capable of winning. This means that the 11% will most likely shrink.
I do expect Gary Johnson to get about 3% of the vote (instead of 1%) this election due to the two main candidates having a high unfavorability rating (that’s really it though)
Nothing will happen until the entire election process changes. And the owner’s of this country don’t want that.