A Monmouth University poll released Thursday finds that former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson already enjoys support from 11% of voters in a three-way matchup with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with the general election campaign still months away.
The poll found Johnson at 11%, with Trump garnering 34% and Clinton 42%, with the two-term Governor appearing to draw support from both the Republican and the Democrat. In a two-way matchup, Clinton leads Trump by 10%, with that lead dropping to 8% with Johnson included.
Calling the poll results a sign of significant potential for his third-party run, Johnson said, "2016 could very well be the year when American voters recognize that there are more than just two choices for President. The fact that we are in double digits before the general election campaign has even begun is a strong signal that voters are finally ready to challenge the premise that their President must be either a Republican or a Democrat.
"Polls across the board are showing that the real plurality of American voters are independent, and are clearly not comfortable with either the likely Republican or Democrat nominee. The door is open for a credible advocate of smaller government and greater freedom."
The Monmouth University poll was conducted March 17-20, 2016 with 848 registered voters nationwide. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4%. The Monmouth University Polling Institute is located in West Long Branch, NJ.