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National Poll: Gary Johnson at 24%, Obama at 45%
A new nationwide presidential election poll conducted on August 8, 2012 by Pulse Opinion Research of 1,000 likely voters put Barack Obama in the lead with 45% of respondents saying they expect to vote for him in the November 6, 2012 general election, ‘some other candidate’ received 27%, Gary Johnsonreceived 24% and 3% were not sure who they were voting for. The responding likely voters were asked, “Suppose in this year’s Presidential Election you had a choice of Libertarian Gary Johnson or Democrat Barack Obama. If the election were held today would you vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Democrat Barack Obama?” Here is a link to what the actual poll sounded like when voters were called for the poll.
This is up from another recent national pollwhere Johnson was at 19% and up from aJanuary, 2012 poll at 9%. So Johnson is growing in popularity despite the general media’s refusal to cover arguably one of the more interesting candidates in the race. One thing to be sure, the more people hear Johnson's message, the more he jumps in the polls and volunteers jump onto his campaign.
The stakes are high for all three candidates in how they perform in national polls as it is one of the more important determining factors concerning who is able to participate in the upcoming Presidential Debates. A candidate must receive a minimum of 15% of the polling votes to participate, yet Johnson's name is not mentioned in most of the polls being considered for the criteria.
The poll was conducted under the same parameters asRasmussen Reports, LLC conducts its polling. In the polling Rasmussen has been conducting of the election they include the names of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, purposefully leaving out the name Gary Johnson replacing it with “some other candidate’ which many find unfair since Johnson’s name will be on the ballot in all 50 states. In fact, the only three presidential candidates who have a mathematical chance to win the presidency are Gary Johnson,Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Jill Stein of the Green Party would be a formidable candidate for the other three if she was going to be on the ballot in all 50 states, however is expected to be on less than 38 and suffers from the same, if not worse, media blackout as Johnson