IPR 2020 Libertarian Presidential Preference Poll

The following is the first official Independent Political Report (IPR) poll concerning the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The only presidential candidates included in this poll are Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash and those who are officially recognized on the Libertarian Party website.  There is an option to write in another candidate if you choose.

Click here to vote in the poll.

32 thoughts on “IPR 2020 Libertarian Presidential Preference Poll

  1. paulie

    There are enough questions in there to positively identify at least some of the responders. I’m sure my answers outside of candidate preference are highly unlikely to apply to anyone else who would take the poll.

  2. Thomas Knapp

    Positively identify? Or plausibly/tentatively identify?

    State party, delegate v. alternate, how long you’ve been in the party does narrow it down quite a bit. But maybe there’s another delegate from Alabama who’s been in the party for as long as you have and who reads IPR 😀

  3. Sam Robb

    Folks – while I absolutely appreciate being included in your poll, I would appreciate if you’d correct my name. It’s “Sam Robb”. One ‘m’, two ‘b’s.

  4. paulie

    Well let’s see.

    * Alabama
    * Not registered to vote
    * Visit often and comment often
    * LP member for over 20 years
    * Did not vote in 2016
    * LP national 2020 delegate
    * Won’t vote in any government election in 2020

    Is there someone else likely to match that description? I am pretty sure the answer is no.

  5. Dan

    There is definitely some concern as to bias being that you “picked” the LP nominee for Question 9..

  6. William Saturn Post author

    I don’t think anyone would doubt he’s most likely to be the nominee. I’m interested in whether supporters of other candidates would vote for him as the nominee.

  7. Thomas Knapp

    In the past, some delegates have voted for other candidates/parties when they felt the LP shit the bed. It’s a question worth polling.

    As for the breakouts, I hope the poll results as published won’t match multiple pieces of information such that it’s possible to identify individual delegates (e.g. “delegates from Alabama who’ve been party members for more than 20 years and don’t vote in elections favored candidate X”).

  8. Tony From Long Island

    Paulie: ” . . . . . There are enough questions in there to positively identify at least some of the responders . . . .”

    Find the Democrat from New York who voted for Gary Johnson in 2016 . . . . 🙂

  9. paulie

    If I was still voting in government elections, I’d vote for Amash or any other plausible LP nominee. I answered honestly (won’t vote). In addition to felony disqualification – I could find a way around that if I really wanted to, as I know enough people in enough states to register in a state where that isn’t an issue – my bigger issue is that I have no state ID. The last one I had was issued in 2000, expired in 2008, and was lost on a bus in 2019. I quit using SSN at that time, and without SSN or state ID there is no way I can actually vote.

    The last government election I actually voted in was the 2003 CA gov recall. The only presidential elections I cast a general election ballot in were 1988 (age 16, absentee ballot for my mom, voted Democratic), 1992 and 1996 (Libertarian both times, in person voting). In 2000 I wanted to vote but was moving around too much to even know where to send an absentee ballot to and didn’t realize the bottom stub of a registration form would have been enough to vote in California.

    In retrospect I would have voted Libertarian in 1988 as well. The only time I don’t know if I would have, had I been voting, was 2008, and at least in Alabama I probably would have anyway despite my misgivings (I might have considered Green, but was unimpressed when I talked to her in person, and she wasn’t on the Alabama ballot anyway).

  10. Anthony Dlugos

    my answers were:

    Ohio
    Yes, registered voter
    often and comment
    20+ year member..may have been some lapses there.
    Johnson in 2016
    Yes on delegate
    Gray/Sharpe
    Biden

  11. paulie

    Libertarian Party of Kentucky
    May 11 at 7:07 AM

    Putative Delegate polling results (272 ballots cast). We only polled confirmed selected primary delegates, except for those states where the state chair informed us of the primary delegates that would be, but had not yet been, selected. Margin of error with 1046 delegates: +/-5%. Some, but not all, states and, some, but not all delegates agreed to participate, and regionalism is a factor in an LP election. Some agreed to participate late in the process. These factors could have an impact on the accuracy of the polling.

    Please note that the LP elects it’s ticket in a multi round ballot, and things happen in that process that cannot be simulated with an instant runoff vote. For instance, defeated candidates can and do make endorsements that sways delegates. And caucuses whip votes. It’s not clear how much of that may or will happen this year with an online convention. Any candidate receiving under 5% of the vote is removed and defeated. And None of the Above (NOTA) is always an option every LP ballot, every round. And, due to the token process, it is possible that not every candidate (particularly those receiving few votes) would be included in a first round ballot. So these results are a very good (and better than any other poll conducted to date since they involve selected primary delegates), but not perfect, approximation of where the races stand. We are releasing the raw data below, but our post below involves some interpreting, in that OPAvote instant runoff does not, for instance, remove candidates who do not achieve the required 5%, and so over-inflates the number of rounds involved. We did not post results for candidates that received no votes.

    Round 1:
    Justin Amash – 90 – 33.3%
    Jacob Hornberger – 57 – 21%
    Jo Jorgensen – 44 – 16.6%
    Vermin Supreme – 20 – 7.7%
    Jim Gray – 18 – 6.6%
    Adam Kokesh – 16 – 6.2%
    John Monds – 13 – 5%
    Arvin Vorha – 4 – 1.5%
    Other – 1 – 0.4%
    None of the Above – 1 – 0.4%
    (as a result, Vorha, Other, and Monds are dropped)

    Round 2 (which appears as Round 7 in the data):
    Justin Amash – 95 – 35.1%
    Jacob Hornberger – 60 – 23.3%
    Jo Jorgensen – 50 – 18.5%
    Vermin Supreme – 24 – 9.3%
    Adam Kokesh – 21 – 7.7%
    Jim Gray – 19 – 7%
    (Jim Gray is eliminated)

    Round 3 (Round 8 in the data)
    Amash – 100 – 37.3%
    Hornberger – 60 – 22.4%
    Jorgensen – 58 – 21.6%
    Supreme – 27- 10.1%
    Kokesh – 23 – 8.6%
    (Adam Kokesh is eliminated)

    Round 4 (Round 9 in the data)
    Amash – 103 – 39.3%
    Jorgensen – 65 – 24.8%
    Hornberger – 60 – 22.9%
    Supreme – 34 – 13%
    (Vermin Supreme is eliminated)

    Round 5 (Round 10 in the data)
    Amash – 109 – 43.8%
    Jorgensen – 76 – 30.5%
    Hornberger – 64 – 25.7%
    (Jacob Hornberger is eliminated)

    Round 6 (Round 11 in the data)
    Amash – 134 – 55.6%
    Jorgensen – 107 – 44.4%
    (Justin Amash is elected)

    Vice President:
    Round 1
    Armstrong – 24 – 8.9%
    Behrman – 4 – 1.5%
    Cohen – 37 – 13.8%
    Ellison – 1- 0.4%
    Istan – 1 – 0.4%
    Jorgensen – 42 – 15.6%
    Kokesh – 11 – 4.1%
    McAfee – 8 – 3%
    Monds – 14 – 5.2%
    Robb – 2- 0.7%
    Sarwark – 20 – 7.4%
    Sharpe – 93 – 34.6%
    Other – 3 – 1.1%
    Vorha – 4 -1.5%
    NOTA – 5 – 1.9%
    (all under 5% and Monds eliminated)

    Round 2
    (Round 12 in the data)
    Sharpe: 108 – 42.4%
    Jorgensen – 53 – 20.8%
    Cohen – 42 – 16.5%
    Armstrong – 27 – 10.6%
    Sarwark – 25 – 9.8%
    (Sarwark eliminated)

    Round 3
    (Round 13 in the data)
    Sharpe – 116 – 46.2%
    Jorgensen – 57 – 22.7%
    Cohen – 45 -17.9%
    Armstrong – 33 -13.1%
    (Armstrong eliminated)

    Round 4
    (Round 14 in the data)
    Sharpe – 134 – 54.5%
    Jorgsensen – 62 – 25.2%
    Cohen – 50 – 20.3%
    (Larry Sharpe elected)

    Convention preference (this was done as approval voting, as any floor vote to amend an agenda in a online caucus, or a motion to adjourn to an in person convention would be handled):
    All online – 100 (36.76%)
    POTUS/VP online, rest in person (including LNC): 130 (47.7%)
    All in person – 86 (31.76%)

  12. William Saturn Post author

    I have the first 50 responses. Survey Monkey is holding the remaining 350 hostage for $20. They’re not accepting my payment of their ransom.

    On past polls I could remove responses and add them all together. Now Survey Monkey limits the number of removals.

    If I am unable to get the remaining 350, should I just post the results from the first fifty or should I scrap the whole thing and start over with a better polling service?

  13. Thomas Knapp

    I’ll be interested in and grateful for whatever numbers you can get and share. How much work or expense you want to go to to get those numbers is entirely up to you.

  14. paulie

    All of the above. Publish what you have as soon as you can, start a new round, and if you are able to resolve the issue with survey monkey publish that too.

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