Washington (Talk Media News) — Voters shouldn’t count out the possibility of a third-party candidate making a substantive impact on the general election if recent polls are any indication.
In an election where the likely candidates from both mainstream parties have high unfavorable ratings, many voters have indicated their desire to see candidates beyond Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
A poll conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, shows 47 percent of registered voters indicated that they would consider a third-party candidate, with a majority indicating a unfavorable opinion of both candidates.
Trump held a 58 percent unfavorable rating while Clinton held a 54 percent unfavorable rating in the same poll.
With that mindset, some voters have shied away from the two major political parties, and have at least shown an interest in looking elsewhere.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, and the likely candidate from the Libertarian party for president, is polling in doubt digits in some polls
A Fox News poll shows Johnson is currently pulling in 10 percent while the poll showed Trump leading Clinton 42-39 percent in a hypothetical three-way contest.
Johnson ran back in 2012 and received about 1 percent of the overall national vote, but the dynamics of the 2016 election thus far and the perception of the two major candidates may affect the typically two-party race.
With most national polls showing Clinton and Trump in a dead heat for the White House in a hypothetical matchup, Johnson could potentially play spoiler depending on whose voters he appeals to.
In many battleground states, a few percentage points are often the difference in who comes away with electoral votes, and a third-party candidate like Johnson should affect the electoral math in a general election.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted among 1,000 registered voters from May 15-19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points while the Fox News poll was conducted from May 14-17 among 1,021 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.