Gary Johnson polls at 7% in Colorado; “It’s terrific,” Johnson says
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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is polling at 7 percent in Colorado against President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to numbers compiled and released Tuesday (June 19) by the Democratic Party polling organization Public Policy Polling (PPP).
Here are results of the survey of 799 Colorado voters taken between June 14-17, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent:
“It’s terrific,” Johnson told Capitol Report New Mexico by phone from his campaign headquarters in Salt Lake City. “Seven percent, I think, is significant enough where it creates a buzz and that’s what we’re after.”In its news release, PPP’s Tom Jensen says a Johnson candidacy hurts Romney, but just barely. When asking Colorado voters to choose between Obama and Romney, Obama leads by 7 points but when Johnson is included, Obama’s lead increases by one percentage point to 47-39 percent.
A Libertarian Party presidential candidate has never received more than 1.1 percent of the national vote. Johnson’s grand strategy is to score at 15 percent in national polls so that he can be included in the presidential debates this fall.
“We keep plugging away,” Johnson said. “There is discernible, growing interest.”
But getting more national polling organizations to include his name in surveys is a major hurdle.
Zogby wrote on its website site on May 16 that it would include Johnson in its national surveys. Back in on May 13, a Zogby/JZ Analytics poll for the Washington Times had Johnson polling at 2 percent nationally. As far as we can tell, that’s the most recent Zogby poll with with Johnson included.
He’s faring better in polls in individual states.
In Arizona, PPP had Johnson at 9 percent. In his home state of New Mexico, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) had him at 12 percent. In New Hampshire, Johnson polled at 7 percent and in Montana he received 8 percent in respective PPP surveys in May. In Wisconsin, a poll conducted by Reason/Rupe had Johnson at 5 percent.
Tuesday’s Colorado poll results come as Johnson, the former 2-term governor of New Mexico, was in the Rocky Mountain State campaigning — marching in a gay pride parade on Sunday (June 17) and speaking in favor of a ballot measure to regulate marijuana like alcohol on Monday.
On Tuesday, the Denver Post ran a story on Johnson who took shots at Obama and Romney. “Mitt Romney talks about balancing the budget, but he talks about growing the military and holding Medicaid harmless. Well, I did finish second-grade math, and it doesn’t add up,” Johnson said. “I want to repeal the Patriot Act. I want to end the drug war. I’m better than President Obama on civil liberties.”
The Post also quoted a Colorado politico who dismissed Johnson:
But Denver political consultant Floyd Ciruli said neither Romney’s nor Obama’s campaigns should be worried.
“By and large, the Libertarian Party brings almost nothing to the table other than ballot access,” Ciruli said. “The individual would have to be a celebrity or be independently wealthy or have an issue that is just raging with the people.”