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Poll: Libertarian Johnson Tops Clinton Among Independents

This could be a big year for third-party candidate and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson.

A new Fox News survey this week had him leading Clinton by a single point among independents, 23 percent to 22 percent for the former Secretary of State.

Despite Libertarians typically leaning towards the Republican ideology, Johnson also seems to hurt Clinton with them more than he hurts Trump.

From the Hill:

The Fox News survey found Johnson taking 8 percent support from Democrats — better than Trump’s 7 percent support. Trump has similarly made an appeal to Sanders supporters.

Among Republicans, Johnson takes 11 percent, compared to only 6 percent for Clinton. The former secretary of State has talked about reaching out to members of the GOP who say they can never support Trump.

The socially liberal Johnson, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and legalizing marijuana, does best among young voters, taking 18 percent support among those under the age of 35.

He does poorly among older voters, taking only 4 percent support among those over the age of 65.

The Fox News poll of 1,004 registered voters was conducted between June 5 and June 8 and has a 3 percentage point margin of error.

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