The latest poll coming from CNN says a majority of voters view Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump unfavorably. Clinton’s negative number is 55%; Trump’s is 70%. What can change for voters? The Chicago Tribune makes the case that Gary Johnson should be able to debate Clinton and Trump.
By July 19 when Johnson, the leading third-party candidate, met with the Tribune Editorial Board, his CNN poll numbers had climbed to 13 percent. That visit, again, led to a bump in web traffic, social media “shares” and reader feedback. Voters want to know more.
Johnson … is caught in an election cycle Catch-22: To get acknowledged by pollsters, he needs higher numbers, but he won’t get higher numbers until the pollsters acknowledge him. Something needs to give, and we think it should be the pollsters, who can see better than anyone the dissatisfaction with the major party candidates.
You’d think this race couldn’t get any more, um, interesting. It can if voters hear directly from Johnson on the debate stage. To make that happen, pollsters should recognize reality: 2016 is a year like no other for presidential politics.