September 6, 2016 — A new Rasmussen poll out yesterday found that 65 percent of Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction during a time that 62 percent of likely voters would like to see Libertarian presidential nominee in the presidential debates alongside Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Gary Johnson. When you break the numbers down further to Americans aged 18-34 that number skyrockets to 82 percent. Johnson is a two-term Governor of New Mexico and is a self-made millionaire who grew a one-person handyman business into a major construction company in New Mexico.
But will Johnson appear on stage with Trump and Clinton? Johnson has met all the criteria except, at this point, the 15 percent polling threshold. A new poll out this morning by NBC/SurveyMonkey found him at 12 percent; however, that poll will not be used for determining his inclusion in the debates. A poll that will be used for determination finds him at only seven percent. Johnson is the only candidate besides Trump and Clinton who will be on the ballot in all 50 states for Americans to vote for in the November 8, 2016 general election.
One of the factors affecting Johnson’s poll numbers is how the general media marginalizes his candidacy. When news outlets talk about the 2016 presidential race, newscasters often use phrases like “the two candidates” and go on to speak about Trump and Clinton, rarely mentioning Johnson’s name during a news broadcast. Johnson is doing well considering this fact and the fact that in the polls, the first question asked by pollsters is about Clinton and Trump. Most often the second question asked about the presidential race will include Johnson and also Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein. Johnson has been arguing that he should be in the top line of questions since he is equally qualified alongside Clinton and Trump.
Johnson’s exclusion-by-design will be seen again tomorrow evening during the IAVA (Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America) Commander-in-Chief forum on foreign affairs. Trump and Clinton were invited; however, Johnson was not. The IAVA has received much protest from Americans and American Veterans for excluding Johnson from the forum. It is especially curious why Johnson would be excluded when he is polling higher than Trump or Clinton with active military. The IAVA is another example of an institution continuing the duopoly of the two-party system even though Americans are demanding more than hearing from just Republicans and Democrats.