by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:
The Libertarian Party has seen a sustained surge of new members joining, with first-time registrants in May on pace to increase 20-fold over the same period from last year. New data obtained by The Hill shows that the Libertarian National Committee averaged around 100 new members a month last year, bottoming out with just 74 first-time registrants last May.
But beginning in early 2016, as the contours of the Republican and Democratic races began took shape, new membership began creeping upward to 148 in January, 323 in February, 546 in March, 706 in April, and now 1,292 in the first three weeks of May alone.
– From the post: May Registrations for the Libertarian Party Jump 20-Fold
I’m 38 years old and I haven’t had a decent choice for President from the two major political parties my entire life. In fact, it keeps getting worse and worse, particularly when it comes to civil liberties and belief in Constitutional government. Indeed, it seems all U.S. presidential candidates care about is getting their rear ends on the throne so they can do as they please.
On the positive front, it appears people are finally waking up. A recent poll showed that 55% of voters want an independent option in the 2016 election. Politico reports:
Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is likely to be elected president in November, but voters are yearning for another option.
Both candidates, however, have high unfavorability ratings — 56 percent for Clinton and 55 percent for Trump, and nearly six in 10 voters surveyed are dissatisfied with the option of choosing between just Clinton and Trump in November.
Fifty-five percent favor having an independent candidate challenge the Democratic front-runner and presumptive Republican nominee for president. An unprecedented 91 percent of voters 28 or younger favor having an independent on the ballot, and 65 percent of respondents are willing to support a candidate who isn’t Clinton or Trump.
According to Data Targeting’s ballot test, an independent candidate would start off with 21 percent of the vote.
As it currently stands, there are already two intriguing third party candidates running in 2016 with reasonable ballot access: Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party. They are starting to be included in more polls, and the results can be very interesting.
For example, The Hill reports:
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson leads presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among self-identified independents, a new poll finds.
A Fox News survey released Thursday found Clinton leading overall with 39 percent support, followed by Donald Trump at 36 percent and Johnson at 12 percent.
But among independents, Trump leads, at 32 percent, followed by Johnson, at 23, and Clinton, at 22.
It’s the latest sign of early polling strength from Johnson, who many believe is poised for the best showing from a third-party candidate in decades.
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