Poll: Public wants third party candidate on presidential debate stage

In what may well represent the revulsion with which many Americans view both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday revealed 62 percent want Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson to have a spot on the stage with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the upcoming debates.

Similarly, Quinnipiac’s study disclosed the pervading attitude among Americans was reflected along party lines:  60 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of those identifying themselves as Republicans say the former New Mexico governor should be able to participate in the debates.

Similarly, 69 percent of Independent voters say Johnson should be given a debate podium.

Determined by the Commission on Presidential Debates, candidates are required to poll at 15 percent or higher in ABC News-Washington Post, CBS-New York Times, NBC News-Wall Street Journal, CNN-Opinion Research Corporation, and Fox News polls.

Johnson currently polls in the 8-10 percent range in national polls, which would disqualify him from the September 26 debate at Hofstra University in New York.

Green Party presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, has only earned support in the low to mid single-digits, averaging 3.3 percent.

Overall, in a four-way race, Clinton leads Trump 42 to 38 percent, and 48.4 to 42.1 in a hypothetical binary match-up.


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