Latest polls show Libertarian Johnson significant threat to Clinton and Trump

Boynton Beach, Fla — A new IBD/TIPP poll out this morning, August 5, 2016, has Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at 39 percent, Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump at 35 percent, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson at 12 percent and Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein at 5 percent. Johnson, Clinton and Trump will be on the ballot in all 50 states while Stein is expected to be on the ballot in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Johnson’s numbers increase dramatically in today’s poll to 19 percent with those within the age group 18 to 36 year-olds.

With Johnson’s strong numbers, it could put an interesting wrinkle into the November 8, 2016, general election with neither Trump or Clinton receiving a majority of votes.gary-johnson19

Trump has been getting battered in recent polls since his comments about a Gold Star family. Some supporters are beginning to abandon Trump over this and other comments he has been making recently. Clinton and Johnson are benefitting the most while Stein’s poll numbers remain between 3 to 5 percent. Johnson has seen poll numbers between 11 to 13 percent nationally and needs to be at 15 percent to be included in the upcoming presidential debates.

Johnson received 10 percent in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday and received 11 percent in a Georgia poll released this morning by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In a poll released Wednesday, August 3, 2016, by Fox News, Johnson was at 12 percent.

Johnson, a two-term Governor of New Mexico, has seen poll numbers between 11 to 13 percent nationally and needs to be at 15 percent to be included in the upcoming presidential debates.

Other findings from the IBD/TIPP poll:

  • 63% are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, essentially unchanged from last month.
  • 55% say they are dissatisfied with current federal economic policies, also unchanged.
  • 48% say the economy is improving, up from 45% last month.
  • 61% say race relations have gotten worse under Obama; just 27% say they’ve improved.
  • The share of job-sensitive households — those with people looking for work or worried about getting laid off — dropped slightly to 31% this month from 33% last month.
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