On Thursday, March 24th, 2016, ATPR did not feature any of the “Throwback Thursday” stories we normally do each Thursday, so instead we are doing one today. Recently, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson polled at 11% in a three-way race versus Clinton and Trump. Today’s “Throwback Saturday” story features a 2007 press release from the George Phillies campaign. Phillies, a college professor and longtime Massachusetts Libertarian activist, sought the 2008 LP presidential nomination. Phillies received 7.9% of the convention vote in Denver on the first ballot, 5.7% of the vote on the second ballot, and 4.9% of the vote on the third ballot, before being eliminated from contention.
The following press release from the George Phillies campaign was issued on December 4th, 2007:
Poll of Likely Voters: 12% Would Support Phillies in 3-way Race
“We paid Pulse Opinion for a scientifically valid random poll of 1000 randomly-selected respondents because to our knowledge, no such poll had ever been commissioned by a Libertarian campaign. We asked about a two-way Clinton-Giuliani race, and a three-way Clinton-Giuliani-Other race,” said Phillies 2008 Press Director Carolyn Marbry. “The results of this poll were so staggering that one prominent Libertarian refused to believe they could be true.”
The telephone survey of 1000 likely voters was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on November 8 and 11. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC.
In a two-way race, Clinton was in the lead at 48%, with Giuliani at 39%, “some other candidate” at 9%, and 4% not sure. In a three-way race, Clinton was at 41%, Giuliani was at 34%, with “some other candidate” at 7% and “not sure” at 6%. Libertarian front-runner George Phillies received an amazing 12% of the vote.
“It’s totally unprecedented for a real Libertarian Party candidate to poll in double digits in a legitimate poll,” said Ms. Marbry. “We did everything we could to balance the questions, to make them match real election conditions.”
George Phillies was enthusiastic about the results. “This poll shows the enormous power of my Libertarian solutions in bringing voters to our banner,” he said. “Nothing like this has been seen before in the history of our party.”
Phillies emphasized the critical importance of Libertarians giving their Presidential candidate a well-funded campaign. “If there’s no name recognition, no issue recognition, no reason to trust the candidate,” he said, “we won’t get the votes. We have an enormous opportunity next year, if only Libertarians will rally to the only party that can carry the banner of freedom: The Libertarian Party.”
The Phillies 2008 polling questions were:
“In thinking about the next Presidential election, suppose you had a choice between Republican Rudy Giuliani, who promises to cut taxes and win the war on terror and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who promises to dtrengthen the middle class and provide universal health care. If the election were held today would you vote for Republican Rudy Giuliani or Democrat Hillary Clinton?”
“Okay…suppose you had a choice between Republican Rudy Giuliani, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian George Phillies, who promises to end the War in Iraq, secure the borders and restore civil rights. If the election were held today would you vote for Republican Rudy Giuliani, Democrat Hillary Clinton or Libertarian George Phillies?”
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