New Poll Finds At Least 20% Of Americans Would Vote Third Party This NovemberMay 29, 2012Posted in Blog, News
By: Karl Dickey
A new survey by IBOPE Ineligencia has found 20% of Americans will likely vote for a third party candidate in the November, 2012 election.
The interactive survey finds 20% say they are either very likely (8%) or somewhat likely (12%) to go with a third party candidate in the race for president, with independents (38%) being more receptive to the idea than Republicans (16%) or Democrats (9%).
When voters are asked what ideology they would most prefer a third party candidate to hold, 26% choose someone more conservative, followed by 18% who say more libertarian, 17% who say more liberal, and 14% who say more moderate. Twenty-one percent say they would never vote for a third party candidate.
Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson is viewed favorably by 18% of voters and unfavorably by 19%, while 61% are not familiar enough with him to have an opinion. Johnson wants to make marijuana a legal and regulated product. That stand makes 30% say they are less likely to vote for Johnson and 26% more likely. It makes no difference to 41%.
Johnson is routinely left out of mainstream news reports about the 2012 election, while Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are mentioned several times a day in heavy rotation. Even Romney and Obama ads are broadcast for free during news broadcasts counting them as news, while Johnson has ads out the news wires could run, however choose not to.
IBOPE InteligĂȘncia conducted the survey of 2,075 likely voters. The margin of error is +/- 2.2 percentage points. A sampling of IBOPE InteligĂȘnciaâs online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the US, was invited to participate from May 18-21. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender and education to more accurately reflect the population.