By Greg Hoadley, Inquistir.com, June 7th, 2016:
Gary Johnson emerged last week as an alternative to the two major party’s nominees — Donald Trump, and either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders — when he won the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president.
Not since Ross Perot’s 1992 run has the electorate been more ready for a third-party candidate, which gives candidates like Johnson an opening. Back in March, when Trump was becoming more and more inevitable, a CNN poll showed that 35 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would prefer a third-party candidate.
Many Democrats are likewise disenchanted with Clinton. As the New York Post reported in May, some 63,000 Sanders supporters have signed a petition stating that they will never vote for Clinton, and in an exit poll following the West Virginia Democratic primary, 75 percent said they would not vote for her in November if she won the nomination.
And at least initially, Gary Johnson has made a dent: A June 3 Rasmussen Reports poll gave Johnson 8 percent, to 38 for Clinton and 37 for Trump. In his Fox News interview (more on that in a moment), Johnson also cited an Investor’s Business Daily poll which gave him 11 percent. So for people to give Gary Johnson that high of a rating when most people outside of New Mexico (where he served as governor from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican) don’t know who he is, shows tremendous dissatisfaction with the major parties likely nominees.