Gary Johnson Current Polls: Libertarian Candidate Surges To Double Digits Ahead Of Debates

Gary Johnson’s current polls have hit double digits, and if the 2016 Libertarian candidate can continue to rise, there may be a third person on stage with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the first scheduled presidential debate on September 26 at Hofstra University.

Gaining access to the debate stage is a hurdle for the lesser known candidate, of course. The former governor of New Mexico would need to poll at least 15 percent nationally, according to the rules presented by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). As the CPD will be averaging results from ABC-Washington Post, CBS-New York Times, CNN-Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News, and the NBC-Wall Street Journal, according to My San Antonio, even with that 15 percent requirement of voter support by the Commission, it appears doable.

A Gary Johnson current poll conducted by CNN (taken between July 29 to August 4), offers some hope. Johnson has 10 percent in a four-way race, which would include Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. Stein gets 5 percent, according to the recent numbers.

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaking in Concord, N.H. Gov. Johnson believes he has the resume needed to lead the country. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

But mountain climber Gary Johnson would love nothing more now than to break the strangleholds of the Democratic and the Republican organizations and finally end the two-party problem in America. He has taken to his Facebook and Twitter accounts to speak about all of the effort being made to gain access to the debate stage and take on both Clinton and Trump, of course.

Yesterday, Gary Johnson took to his Facebook page to speak about his successful fundraising, an indication that more voters are opting out of the two-party strangleholds.

“It has been an exciting day watching the ticker climb over our initial $1.5 million Money Bomb goal. Thank you to the tens of thousands of supporters who have chipped in so far.”

End of the two-party stronghold? Johnson is hoping so it appears from his recent tweet. And Gary Johnson’s current polls suggest it’s possible.

However, despite the fact that Gary Johnson is rising in people’s minds as a possible presidential alternative to Trump or Clinton, the debates would be very dramatic on various Libertarian issues this year if the former governor gains access to the stage to address more voters. He described himself as a social liberal as well as a fiscal conservative in an interview before becoming the Libertarian presidential nominee.

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FILE - In this Sept 23, 2011 file-pool photo, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

Perhaps more voters will be watching as Gary Johnson comes into the news cycles and computer monitors. Issues and voters are a difficult thing to survey, but Johnson is not afraid to discuss either social or conservative problems it seems.

As evidence, marijuana is one topic in the YouTube video below, and evidence suggests that he would be a unique candidate.

The interview which Gary Johnson gave to’s Nick Gillespie shows the unique character and mindset of the man who wants to debate Trump and Clinton this year. Gillespie asked Johnson about his work as CEO of Cannabis Sativa, described as “a publicly traded company that markets weed products.”

“We want to be the Dom Pérignon [of marijuana].”

But Gary Johnson also advocates for “balanced budgets, defense cuts, drug policy reform, and improved ballot and debate access for third-party candidates,” according to the information regarding his chairmanship for the nonprofit Our America Initiative. In the following YouTube video, Johnson sat down to do another interview, where he stated that he believes he is “a classical liberal.”

Basic decisions, he said, should be left to an individual to make. Also, being “fiscally conservative” is also an important point to him.

Do you think Gary Johnson’s current polls show enough growth that he’ll be able to participate in September’s debates?

[Photo by Jim Mone/AP Images]