Poll: Trump, Johnson Top Clinton Among Independents
Both Donald Trump and Gary Johnson are more popular among independent voters than Hillary Clinton, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.
Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has the support of 32 percent of independents, while Johnson, the nominee for the Libertarian Party, is polling at 23 percent. Clinton trails both at 22 percent.
This could be an encouraging sign for Johnson: To be allowed to participate in debates with Clinton and Sanders, the former New Mexico governor must garner a minimum of 15 percent support in at least five national polls. But many polls do not include him as an option, as he has pointed out in interviews. In the Fox poll, he had 12 percent support among all voters in a matchup with his Democratic and GOP rivals.
Clinton still leads in the polls overall -- RealClearPolitics’ aggregation of polls has her up, 44 percent to 40 percent, in a head-to-head contest with Trump – but the former secretary of state will need to attract independent voters to win the general election.
In the new Fox News survey, Clinton leads both candidates overall with 39 percent, compared to 36 percent for Trump and Johnson’s 12.
The poll results also indicate that respondents see Clinton as more qualified to be president than Trump, 69 percent to 47 percent, and 44 percent said she “has the integrity to serve effectively as president,” compared to 38 percent who believe that of the business mogul.
Far more people believe that Trump will “shake things up in Washington” -- 76 percent for the him, compared to 37 percent for Clinton.
The survey of 1,004 voters, conducted June 5-8, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.