Gary Johnson Polling 12% in New Mexico

A survey done by Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates was done recently in New Mexico and found that Gary Johnson scored 12% in the Presidential race. Another 5% chose “Undecided or Others” on the poll.

This poll showed Obama winning the state with 48% and Romney with 35%.

Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson polls best amongst 18-29 year olds (18%) and males (16%). You can see the full results of the poll here.

30 thoughts on “Gary Johnson Polling 12% in New Mexico

  1. paulie

    Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson polls best amongst 18-29 year olds (18%)

    Time to start putting that info to use it and figuring out how to best leverage that.

  2. paulie

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  3. Trent Hill Post author

    Time to start figuring out how to keep those voters–as they seem to fade away over time.

  4. NewFederalist

    I have no idea who these pollsters are. I lived in New Mexico for over 12 years (including all 8 that Johnson was governor) and to me the telling part of this poll is just how far behind Romney is. New Mexico is a pretty good bellweather and if Obama is winning this easily then I have to think Root’s prognostication of a Romney landslide is likely to be wrong.

  5. Oranje Mike

    The fine folks in New Mexico know first hand the quality job GJ can do. They are watching and living in Obama’s nightmare and can’t possibly think Romney can offer any real solutions. I say, how can Gary Johnson be polling at only 12%.

    New Mexico is showing just how pitiful the voting body in this country is.

  6. Andy

    I think that it is possible that Gary Johnson could win the Libertarian Party major party status in New Mexico. He would need to get like 1% or maybe 2% or something like that to accomplish this. The Libertarian Party may need to increase it’s number of voter registrations in New Mexico a little big as well if the vote test is met.

  7. Richard Winger

    #11, Gary Johnson would need to poll 5%. Afterwards, the Libertarian Party would have about a year to increase its registration to one-third of 1%. Then it would nominate by primary in 2014.

    The Libertarian Party has never had “major party” (i.e., the ability to nominate by primary) in New Mexico before. The Green Party has had it in the past.

  8. Nick Kruse

    @1, His appearance on the Daily Show on June 5th will be a great way to tap into the youth vote. He needs to continue doing appearances like that.

  9. Nick Kruse

    I am surprised he is only at 12% in his home state. You would think more people of New Mexico would want their former Governor in the Presidency.

  10. Indy

    His appearance on the Daily Show on June 5th will be a great way to tap into the youth vote. He needs to continue doing appearances like that.

    Very true, but it takes a lot more than that.

    I am surprised he is only at 12% in his home state. You would think more people of New Mexico would want their former Governor in the Presidency.

    It’s the whole third party thing. Those numbers will keep going down unless there’s a major game change.

  11. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Romney might pick current New Mexico governor, Susana Martinez, for VP.

    I heard radio’s Michael Medved suggest Martinez as a potential Romney pick (among others), and Wikipedia describes her as a potential Romney pick:

    Martinez has said she has no intentions of running for VP. But as Medved said, “That’s what they all say. They when they are picked, they accept.”

    If Johnson polls high in New Mexico by the time of the GOP convention, Romney might choose Martinez, thus draining Johnson’s numbers.

  12. paulie

    Given speculation that McCain picked Palin to head Barr off at the pass, that would not be too surprising.

    That didn’t turn out so great tho, so…

  13. Thane Eichenauer

    “That didn’t turn out so great tho, so…”

    That depends on what the goal of the McCain/Obama campaign was. If the goal was to prevent the Bob Barr/LP from gaining any significant mind share then I would say they accomplished their goal.

  14. Robert Capozzi

    21 gp, please elaborate.

    I would think that for L candidates, this would also not apply. I would suggest that most L prez candidates were almost entirely unknown in their home state and nationally.

    In 08, Barr’s second best result was in GA (IN being his best showing). Of course, we are talking tenths of percentage points.,_2008#Result

    Presumably, GJ name-recognition will be highest in NM. That’s a HUGE hurdle for LP candidates. I would be very surprised if GJ’s ’12 results are NOT best in NM on a percentage basis, although perhaps IN will surprise me.

    Generally, though, R/D prez candidates I think tend to do well in their home state. Gore ’00 may’ve been an outlier.

  15. zapper

    Without running major network TV advertising in NM, Gary Johnson’s eventual voting percentage in November will tumble far below the current polls. Although it may be his best state, he won’t make the 5% needed for major party status in NM.

    NM should be included as one of the first 8 target states for a real TV advertising plan. However, time is running out to get started. July and August are not the best months to begin a POTUS media campaign – summer fun has begun and people don’t pay attention. September is too late for an unknown LP POTUS candidate.

    We need to be on the air in June in the first seven plus NM.

  16. paulie

    It’s not just NM. The poll numbers will fall everywhere as the election gets closer unless something big happens.

    Maybe the Daily Show will help get something started. We can always hope.

  17. Robert Capozzi

    z, are you suggesting that vote percentage would NOT tumble IF the Zapper Plan were (somehow) adopted?

  18. zapper

    Yes, Paulie, we can always hope. We’ve been relying on hope since 1982. And it seems this will be another year when we will have to rely on hope instead of smart campaigning.

    We don’t need to rely on hope that something big will happen. We can make something big happen. We can do it ourselves. That means early investment in advertising using key states for leverage. But advertising has to be first, not last, in the planning and budgeting.

    For the LP, it’s always last. People wrongly assume that ads are expensive to produce and expensive to run and are beyond the means of an LP POTUS campaign. No one ever bothers to think about how so many very small businesses can run large numbers of ads in their local markets when they have far less in available funds for TV spots than the LP.

    The answer is early planning and smart buying.

  19. zapper

    RC, I’m not just saying it, I’m declaring it:

    If we target key states with significant advertising on major networks as I’ve outlined we can hold our polling numers up and maintain them as we approach November. We have to complete the second round of advertising in the plan and we can realize vote totals in the same ballpark.

    The wildcard will be if the ads in the key states can generate enough free media to do the same in the states we cannot afford to advertise in.

    Of course, there is no “proof” possible, unless we try.

    However, we HAVE tried what we’re doing now. Over and over and over for 30 years. We can predict the results of not advertising. We can predict the results of claiming that we do not have enough money and giving up in advance.

    The Johnson campaign has already wasted a lot of money on office space, consultants and paid staff. These things should be purchased AFTER the first round of targeted state advertising.

    It is office space, consultants, and most paid staff that should wait till later – to see if we have enough money to afford them.

    Advertise first.

  20. Fun K. Chicken

    I like the Zapper Plan. However, also take this into consideration (brought to you by LNCleaks):

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    My work and my role as a key manager and fundraiser for 4 Libertarian Presidential Campaigns: 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000.

    I fundraised for and ran our 1988 Vice-Presidential effort. I launched and ran the pre-Nomination Campaigns of the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Libertarian Presidential Nominees. I was Projects Manager and Events Fundraiser for Harry Browne’s 1996 and 2000 Presidential Campaigns. I was one of the 4 decision-makers – and flak-catchers – of the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Libertarian Presidential Campaigns.

    I have first-hand experience in the realities, obstacles, land mines, and challenges that Ron Nielson and the Johnson/Gray Libertarian Presidential Campaign Team are wrestling with right now. They have my respect – and my support.


    1. Time. Scarce, and an ever-shrinking number of days to get the campaign work done. Today, the Johnson/Gray Libertarian Presidential Campaign Team hsa 173 days until Election Day. Tomorrow, they will have 172 days. Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day.

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    4. Volunteers. Far too few volunteers. Libertarians who regularly donate their labor. Capitalism requires capital and labor. So does the Johnson/Gray Libertarian Presidential Ticket. Well-managed, well-trained, and well-treated Libertarian Campaign volunteers make a huge difference. That was one of the “secrets” of the 1996 and 2000 Harry Browne, Libertarian for President campaigns. Of Jon Coon’s 1994 Libertarian US Senate Campaign. Of Carla Howell’s 2000 “small government is beautiful” Libertarian US Senate campaign against Ted Kennedy. These campaigns recruited, trained, managed, nurtured, valued – AND GAVE CREDIT TO their amazing volunteers.

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    I. Gary Johnson and his campaign team will be bombarded with 60 to 150 campaign suggestions each week. That’s 1,500 to 3,750 campaign suggestions in the next 173 days.

    Many for the candidate. Most for the campaign. Some are cheap and simple. Most require time, money, campaign team work, volunteer work, and trade-offs to put into effect.

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    Some will be given to Gary Johnson. Others to Jim Gray. Most will be sent to campaign headquarters. By email. By phone. By FedEx. By mail. Some are even delivered iin person.

    Most of the people giving these suggestions are thoughtful, knowledgeable, bright libertarians. They care. They are trying to help our Libertarian Presidential Campaign.

    * Reading and considering these recommendations takes a full-time paid staffer.
    * Properly acknowledging and answering each person who sent a recommendation takes a second full-time campaign staffer.
    * Responding costs a lot of time and money.
    * Failing to respond bothers some of the suggesters — and really irritates about 5% of them. It can cost support and contributions.
    * No matter what the campaign does, they have trade-offs. And bruised feelings. Why bruised feelings? Because even if they find a “Diamond” suggestion,
    they will disappoint or bother the other 3,749 suggesters — who didn’t get their idea adopted and implemented.

    II. Demand massively Exceeds Supply. Demand for campaign time, money, and labor. But especially for candidate appearances. Gary Johnson and Jim Gray and the campaign team will be forced to make Trade-Offs on when, where, and how long the candidates campaign in each area. Almost everyone feels shortchanged by candidate campaigning. Everone wants more.

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    IV. Despite the fact that you are different from the other libertarians who make suggestions; despite the fact that your suggestions are clearly and obviously the best,
    the odds are that your suggestions will NOT be adopted and implemented. It’s NOT personal. The campaign is trying to make the best decisions they can with the time, money, and people that they have available. In the face of trade-offs. I speak as one who has been on the inside and outside of Libertarian Presidential campaigns.


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