Dissatisfaction with Clinton and Trump has Libertarian Johnson hoping Alaskans go third-party   Leave a comment

Alaskans don’t like Hillary Clinton. They didn’t pick Donald Trump.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson believes Alaskans will want him — if they simply get to know him.

“Given just how polarizing Clinton and Trump are … I think we occupy a big six-lane down the highway that 60 percent of Americans occupy and I’m willing to bet 60 percent of Alaskans occupy,” Johnson said by phone on Friday.

During a campaign swing through the Rocky Mountains, Johnson spoke with the Juneau Empire’s editorial board for 30 minutes, offering his stance on Alaska issues in a pitch to voters who already appear open to his ideas.

In June, Alaska Dispatch News commissioned a poll from Alaska Survey and Research, a firm operated by Ivan Moore of Anchorage.

The results of that poll were never published by ADN. In a four-way race among Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Moore found 39.4 percent of registered Alaska voters supporting Donald Trump. For Clinton, the support was 30.4 percent. Johnson was a strong third at 15.6 percent.

(Editor’s Note: The Moore poll for ADN, of 670 registered voters in Alaska between June 16 and June 20, asked respondents’ preference for president in two ways. The first question had three choices: Trump had support of 45 percent, Clinton 41 percent and undecided 14 percent. The second question, which included other candidates, showed Trump at 39 percent, Clinton at 30 percent, Johnson at 16 percent and Stein at 6 percent, with 9 percent undecided.)

“I was surprised Johnson was as high as he was,” Moore said by phone. “At the time we did the survey, I think Johnson’s national polling average in a four-way (race) was about 7 percent.”

Read the rest of the article on Alaska Dispatch News. http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/08/21/voter-dissatisfaction-with-clinton-and-trump-has-libertarian-johnson-hoping-alaskans-go-third-party/

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