Glancing through the news this morning on Google and I noticed this article by The New York Times. While they aren’t giving Johnson any chance of becoming our next president they are giving him attention, mostly as a spoiler but for whom?
Spoiler or not the fact that he got this attention from the NYT speaks volumes for him. People reading the article who don’t know Johnson will likely give him a closer look and with this article pollsters are more likely to include him in their poll questions.
That last point is important. If he isn’t being asked about in the polls he can’t place in the polls. If he doesn’t place at 15% in the polls before the presidential debates he won’t be in them.
Mr. Johnson is at roughly 10 percent in recent polls, well above where he was in 2012. The question, of course, is whether it will have any impact.
So the NYT says he is at 10%, which is much better than the 8% that a friend of mine states but not as good as the 13% that Johnson claims after scoring that percentage in a CNN/ORC poll. He needs to move to 15% in several polls before the debates in September.
This is important for exposure and not just any exposure, he needs to be compared to both Trump and Clinton and seen as their peer in order to be taken seriously enough to be significant in the presidential race. Hopefully this article will be the first step to that.