LASPAC: Gary Johnson gets 19% in nationwide poll

The Libertarian Action Super PAC (LASPAC) sent the appeal below:

We just conducted a nationwide telephone poll of registered voters. Here’s what the poll sounded like:

The results:
Barack Obama 56%
Gary Johnson 19%
Undecided/neither 25%

You may be thinking, “Why does that matter, since it doesn’t include the Republican?”

Here’s why it matters:

Gallup has been conducting presidential polls just like this:

Note the wording of their question:
“Suppose the presidential election were held today. If Barack Obama were the Democratic Party’s candidate and Mitt Romney were the Republican Party’s candidate, who would you vote for, Barack Obama, the Democrat or Mitt Romney, the Republican?”

It includes the incumbent, Obama, plus one selected challenger, Romney — and no one else.

Now here’s our question:
“Suppose the presidential election were held today. If Barack Obama were the Democratic Party’s candidate and Gary Johnson were the Libertarian Party’s candidate, who would you vote for, Barack Obama, the Democrat or Gary Johnson, the Libertarian?”

It’s exactly the same question, except we picked a different challenger.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) wants candidates to get at least 15% in nationwide polls. But most of those polls only include Obama and Romney. So, if those polls count, then our poll counts too.

We did this poll cheaply (but scientifically) using a less-known robocall firm. Now we want to do it again, on a bigger scale, using a well-known polling organization like Public Policy Polling, SurveyUSA, or Gallup. If we ask the question the same way (just like Gallup), Gary Johnson has a very good chance of getting more than 15%.

Let’s show that to the Commission on Presidential Debates! They can’t have it both ways — they can’t include biased polls that only name Obama and Romney, and then ignore polls like ours.

We’d love to push the CPD into a corner. If they have to accept polls like this, then Gary Johnson has a great chance of getting into the debates. At worst, they’ll have to start demanding that all their polling organizations include Gary Johnson — and that would be a good thing too.

Please donate today. (When you make your donation, type “poll” in the comment box.) We estimate the larger poll will cost about $3,000. If we can raise just $1,500 for this poll, LASPAC will kick in the rest to run the poll.

Also please forward this message to your Libertarian friends and post it on Facebook. Send people to this address:

We’ll keep you posted on how much we’ve raised periodically on the LASPAC homepage.

If we don’t raise enough to run the poll, we’ll return your contributions designated for the poll.

Please donate now!

22 thoughts on “LASPAC: Gary Johnson gets 19% in nationwide poll


    Let’s spend some time figuring how to get inside the debate hall as audience members. Then, at a critical juncture, jump up with “WHERE’S GARY ?”
    signs and stand there silently. If goons intervene,
    go limp and be dragged out, all the while hoping the cameras are trained on the commotion. Have spokespersons standing by to explain why GJ should have been included.

  2. Kyle Kneale

    Unfortunately @3 the camera’s would never leave the stage and I think you know that. Best would be to have audience members chant “Gary” or “Johnson” so a minimal amount of attention would be given.

  3. joe potus

    “They can’t have it both ways”??? Ask Ron Paul about his conversation with the commission predecessor as the Libertarian candidate. If the dems got 40 percent and the republics got 40 percent and the libertarians got 20% “how would they report the results?” answer: 50/50.

  4. Stewart Flood

    A rational idea, and well executed. I think that we’ll conduct a poll in South Carolina.

  5. From Der Sidelines

    All credit for a great maneuver by LASPAC.

    Can we expect to see a second phone poll with the same question, but this time switching out to Romney vs. Obama?

    If they get similar numbers, then that simply proves the point.

  6. Melty

    What were the results for the second question?
    I suppose most went for “3” again, that they lean neither way, but anyhow, just curious.

  7. just saying

    Jill Stein is a joke candidate like Badnarik. Gary Johnson is a two-term governor. The only reason they would include Stein in a poll would be to undermine Gary Johnson’s numbers to keep him out the debate.

    Hopefully those planning to vote for Ms. Stein will at least have the decency to tell pollsters they’re voting for Johnson.

    Johnson is the only viable third voice in the 2012 Presidential debate.

    GARY JOHNSON Be Libertarian With Me –

  8. Melty

    #15 & #16 ya miss da point
    it’s da head to head style poll, so just two at a time, ya know
    Obama versus Stein would be a separate poll

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