Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York, did well in a late September poll conducted by Siena College Research Institute. Poll numbers showed Sharpe getting 2% of the vote from likely voters. This is better than the numbers for Howie Hawkins, who usually does well enough to maintain ballot access for the Green Party.
If Sharpe does get 2%, that should easily be more than enough to secure ballot status for the LPNY for the next four years.
The poll showed Sharpe doing particularly well with young voters, getting 5% from ages 18-34, and 4% from aged 35-54. Getting into the details, Sharpe also had much better name recognition and favorability ratings with the youngest voters. He had 18% favorable among the 18-34 group. While overall 84% of voters did not know of him, that dropped to 62% among young voters. He also polled better with voters who identify as conservative than with moderates or liberals.
Sharpe, however, did not respond positively to the poll. He called into WUTQ FM radio and said that the poll is “insane, completely wrong,” and asked why Siena would even put that poll out. He contends that Siena will be embarrassed when the election results come in.
Sharpe claimed that the poll relied on landlines and is therefore inaccurate. He said that “non-likely voters” are putting outsider candidates over the top in actual elections.
Sharpe’s angry response is an odd position to take because third party candidates often complain that they’re not included in polls, and also considering that the poll result would be a good result in the eyes of many third party candidates.
New York state campaign finance filings are due today so we should have more information about the race shortly.