Public Policy Polling just sent out a tweet that said, “Gary Johnson polls at 23% in New Mexico as a Libertarian against Obama and Romney”
Early polls often over-estimate the strength of third party candidates, whose overall vote total tends to decline closer to election day, especially when the race is close. Johnson is, however, showing some early strength in a state that is very important to both the GOP and Democratic Party’s election chances.
Johnson is the former two term Republican Governor of the 2-to-1 Democratic state of New Mexico. He is still very well liked there and the polling hints at Johnson’s rumored switch to the Libertarian Party for a presidential run.