With less than two weeks remaining before the election most national public opinion polls place Hillary Clinton squarely in the lead. Her odds of winning are extremely high, although Donald Trump may still win. However, both Clinton and Trump are disliked by a majority of Americans. Over 60 percent of Americans believe we are on the wrong track. Voter turnout may decline due to the high amount of disaffection and dissatisfaction voters demonstrate towards these candidates and this election cycle. In fact, approximately 15 percent of the electorate are undecided on their vote choice. This is a 10 percent increase from the same point in 2012. A sizable section of the electorate still see this as a race between “the lesser of two evils”.
However, in this contentious election it is important to remember the third-party candidates. Candidates which may present a viable alternative to those voters who cannot bring themselves to cast a vote for one of the major party nominees. However, many American voters have never heard of these candidates. Therefore, with little time remaining it is important the American electorate become educated on these alternative options.
First, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson is probably the most prominent third-party candidate, is currently polling at approximately 6 percent, is polling around 10 percent in several battleground states, and is on the ballot in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Those interested in reading all of Johnson’s issue positions and policy proposals may go here, but a brief primer on his stances is below.
Gary Johnson on the issues:
- Is against limiting money in politics.
- Supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
- Doesn’t believe there should be a minimum wage.
- Is opposed to paid medical and family leave.
- Doesn’t believe there should be any restrictions on the purchase of firearms.
- Wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
- Is pro-choice.
- Is a fiscal conservative who believes in a balanced budget.
- Believes in unlimited immigration for the purposes of work.
- Believes the United States should take their “fair share” of Syrian refugees.
- Believes Planned Parenthood should be eligible for federal funding.
- Favors full legalization of marijuana.
- Doesn’t believe anything needs to be or should be done to address climate change.
- Believes leaders are less likely to become involved in foreign conflagrations if they do not understand foreign geography.
- Wants to radically alter the tax code in order to simplify it, but it makes no sense and is untenable.
Gary Johnson also believes a vote for him is not a waste.