Gary Johnson scores at 4% in CNN/ORC poll against Obama and Romney, radio ads debut
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Four percent may not represent a big number but in a close race for the presidency it could tip the balance and with a radio campaign just beginning, the Gary Johnson campaign says the number could rise.
“That’s a very good showing, considering the poll was conducted before a single ad buy has been placed,” Johnson spokesman Joe Hunter told Capitol Report New Mexico on Friday (Sept. 14) of a CNN/ORC national poll showing Johnson receiving 4 percent among registered voters. President Obama received 50 percent, Republican nominee Mitt Romney 41 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 2 percent.The survey marks the first time that CNN/ORC has included the Libertarian Party candidate in its 2012 presidential national polls. The Johnson campaign and its supporters have been complaining to national polling organizations for months to include Johnson in its polls.
The CNN/ORC poll mirrors that of another national poll conducted more than a week ago when a JZ Analytics survey that included Johnson’s name showed the former two-term governor of New Mexico receiving 4.3 percent approval.
“The key is that once Gov. Johnson is included in the [national] polls, that momentum will only build on that,” Hunter said.
After the poll was released, Johnson told a reporter from CNN, “It is one thing if it gets reported that I am at 4% nationally, but I don’t think I go down when people take a look at who I am and what I have done, I think it actually goes up.”
But 4 percent is still a long way from 15 percent, which is the threshold that third-party candidates have to reach to gain entry to the presidential debates. With the first debate scheduled in just 17 days (Oct. 3 in Denver), Johnson’s goal of getting on the stage with Obama and Romney is becoming more and more remote.
At the same time, the Johnson campaign just released a series of 1-minute radio advertisements.
“The plan is to increase the buys between now and election day,” Hunter said, although he would not disclose specifics about the radio buys, including listing the markets where they are appearing and how much is being spent. In Albuquerque, 60-second spots for Johnson are running in regular rotation at KKOB, the news-talk station located in New Mexico’s largest city.
Last week, the Albuquerque Journal released a statewide poll of the presidential race showing Johnson receiving 7 percent support, with Obama at 45 percent and Romney at 40.
Johnson has made an open appeal to supporters of Ron Paul, the Republican congressman with libertarian values but Rep. Paul has not endorsed Johnson.
After speaking after speaking Friday in Chantilly, Virginia, Paul was asked if he thought Johnson was an acceptable choice for his fans.
“Might be, I tell people to look at his record and he certainly has a lot of libertarian views,” Paul said. “They should make up their own mind.”
Johnson is trying to get on the ballot in all 50 states. According to the Libertarian Party website, Johnson has qualified in 47, although that number appears to have increased to 48 on Friday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a 2-1 decision, ruled that 9,000 signatures to put Johnson on the state’s election day ballot were valid.
In Oklahoma, however, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party announced on that “Our writ and injunction were rejected yesterday (Friday, 14 September) by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.”
Johnson is also battling to get on the ballot in Michigan.