Gary Johnson included in first national presidential poll!

In Barack Obama, Gary Johnson, Gary Johnson 2012, GOP, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Polling, Sarah Palin on May 12, 2010 by Josiah Schmidt

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson was, for the first time, included as a major Republican presidential candidate in a national poll.  Public Policy Polling released the results of a public opinion survey today, which asked respondents whether they would rather vote for Barack Obama or a Republican presidential candidate.  The Republicans that were polled were Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Gary Johnson.

Gary Johnson, having the lowest name recognition of the group, garnered 28% of the vote in this poll, but he also succeeded in holding down Obama’s numbers the lowest.  Obama only received 46% of the vote against Johnson.

According to this poll, 81% had still yet to form an opinion of Gary Johnson.

For the full results, click here.


3 Responses to “Gary Johnson included in first national presidential poll!”

  1. Very exciting news–congrats to all of you!
    Your people are doing a fantastic job getting you booked on the shows–I am seeing you everywhere!
    One aspect of med mj that I wish you would focus on a bit more is this: health care costs would be cut dramatically as marijuana replaced certain overlapping drugs and made the treatment of rx-induced side-effects a non-issue
    What say you?

  2. I think that’s awesome! And I truly have to believe that when people really start looking at his positions on issues, he will gain more positive feedback. I believe he’s doing the right thing by making the rounds on TV, too. I didn’t even know who he was until a few months ago. But I am a true believer now.

  3. To Tamarahawk: Not a bad suggestion. But remember, the pot issue cuts both ways here… it’s an issue that tends to require a lot explanation. On the other hand, if Gary spends all his time talking about it, people will conclude that he is a merely “the pot candidate.” Even if a plurality of voters are prepared to vote for someone with a pot legalization position, the issue itself is a very marginal one. Most people are interested in economic policy and other “big picture” issues. So don’t be surprised of Gary keeps his discussion of drug policy to a minimum to avoid being pigeonholed and marginalized. First impressions last and Gary needs to stay disciplined on the issues.

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