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32 Percent Of Voters ‘Would Consider’ Voting Libertarian

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Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson could have a better showing in November than his current 9 to 10 percent polling averages suggest, according to a Morning Consult poll published Monday.

Thirty-two percent of likely voters reported they would at least consider voting for libertarian Johnson. The candidate has consistently polled at 9 to 10 percent in national polls, well under the 15 percent required to join the debate stage in September.

Additionally, 26 percent of likely voters responded they are undecided on Johnson, meaning 58 percent of voters are at least open to the possibility of voting for the libertarian candidate. Poll officials said there is an unusually high voting ceiling for Johnson, since the libertarian candidate currently only has a 8.9 percent in the Real Clear average.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein also did better than her polling would suggest. Twenty-three percent of voters reported they would at least consider voting for Stein, and 31 percent remained undecided.

The most troubling statistic for both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are the really high negatives. An even 50 percent of likely voters reported they would “definitely not vote for” the Republican nominee. Clinton’s numbers were close, with 45 percent of respondents reporting they wouldn’t ever support the Democratic nominee.

Johnson also received high negatives, with 43 percent of voters saying they wouldn’t vote for him. Stein had numbers higher than Clinton at 46 percent.

Only 31 percent of voters had no opinion of Stein, while only 26 percent of voters had no opinion of Johnson.

Morning Consult polled 2,001 likely voters nationwide from Aug. 16 through Aug 20. The poll carries a 2 percent margin of error.

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