Gary Johnson Polls Surge: Libertarian Gets More Under-30 Votes Than Trump [Report]

Gary Johnson polls continue to go up as we approach the upcoming debates. While there have been some reports suggesting that Johnson’s chances are dwindling and that he is fading into the background, the latest polls suggest something entirely different. According to Reason, Gary Johnson is actually doing pretty well for himself — especially with the under-30 voters.

“A new poll from McClatchy shows Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson getting more votes from the under-30 crowd than Republican Party candidate Donald Trump, a difference of 23 percent to 9 percent. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is also polling ahead of Trump (but behind Johnson) in the same demographic.”

Gary Johnson polls will likely to continue to rise as more and more people learn about him and his ideas for the U.S. Just last week, a Libertarian town hall drew in 1.6 million viewers on CNN. The interest is undoubtedly there, which is really what Gary Johnson needs at this point.

The former Republican Governor of New Mexico is running as a third-party candidate in hopes of giving America a third option that is better than the two they have. Many voters feel as though they are being forced to choose between two evils: Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R).

Gary Johnson is running as a Libertarian (although he is a Republican) and the momentum surrounding his campaign seems to be building week after week.

“Gary Johnson has seen a massive spike in Google search interest. There are now more than twice as many people searching for information about Gary Johnson in August 2016 than there were in November 2012. Need an interest comparison? There are now twice as many people searching for information about Johnson than there were people searching for information about Sen. Rand Paul when interest in him as a presidential candidate spiked earlier in the year.”

As Gary Johnson polls rise, he has been getting attention from other members of the GOP — ones that refuse to support Donald Trump. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Republican congressman Scott Rigell of Virginia has endorsed Gary Johnson for president.

“I’ve always said I will not vote for Donald Trump and I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. I’m going to vote for the Libertarian candidate,” Rigell said of his decision. Other members of the GOP are expected to follow suit and will likely give Gary Johnson the credibility that he needs to move forward. A big name on the list of GOP big dogs that could endorse Johnson? Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Regardless of what Gary Johnson polls say, it’s not going to be an easy road for him. Although there are thousands (maybe millions) of Americans who have no idea who to vote for on Nov. 8, running a third party campaign is difficult and often unsuccessful. However, Gary Johnson is already doing better than many third party candidates before him and some people feel as though he really has a shot in 2016.

For the time being, Gary Johnson is seeking that 15 percent that will get him to the debates. Different polls have him between 8 and 12 percent, which could easily jump a few more points before September.

Do you think Gary Johnson has a real shot at this? Would you like to see him on the debate stage in the fall? Would you consider voting for Gary Johnson over Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?

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