Using SurveyMonkey, IPR conducted three polls from August 12-19 gauging reader preference for those running or interested in running for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. With each individual listed in alphabetical order, readers chose between:
- Libertarian activist Jim “Libertarian” Burns (campaign website)
- Minerva Councilman Phil Davison (wikipedia bio )
- Retired judge Jim Gray (wikipedia bio)
- Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (wikipedia bio)
- US Parliament participant Kip Lee (campaign website)
- Progressive activist Robert Milnes (campaign website)
- Writer Darryl Perry (campaign website)
- Physicist George Phillies (2008 campaign website)
- Attorney Warren Redlich (wikipedia bio)
- Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (wikipedia bio)
In the three polls, participants were asked to rate the viability of the above individuals, to rank each based on personal preference, and to select one (or none) as their preferred choice for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
Overall, 166 readers took part in the survey. Results are tabulated below.
Each named individual is ranked below according to the highest mean value for each viability gauge with “Poor” representing 1, “Below average” representing 2, “Average” representing 3, “Above Average” representing 4, and “Excellent” representing 5. For the purpose of this figure, “N/A” is not a factor.
The value beside each total shows the percentage each viability gauge made up of the total. Bold values mark the highest value for each viability gauge with all named individuals compared. Underline values mark the personal high for each named individual.
|1. Based on your personal opinion, please rate the viability of the following individuals who have expressed interest in or are running for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.|
|AVG||Poor||Below Average||Average||Above Average||Excellent||N/A|
Gary Johnson received the highest mean score with 4.27, higher than “above average.” Over 60 percent of those who rated, rated Johnson’s viability as “excellent.” Jim Gray trailed Johnson with a mean score just short of “above average.” He received the highest number of “above average” ratings, and lowest number of “poor” ratings.
Each named individual is ranked below according to the lowest mean value for each ranking corresponding to its numerical value.
The value beside each total shows the percentage of participants who ranked each named individual under such rank. Bold values mark the highest value for each rank with all named individuals compared. Underline values mark the personal high for each named individual.
|2. Based on your personal preference, please rank the following individuals who have expressed interest in or are running for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.|
Gary Johnson received the lowest mean score of 2.31. A clear majority of nearly 59 percent of the participants ranked him number one. The placement of personal highs for Jim “Libertarian” Burns, Phil Davison, Darryl Perry, George Phillies, and Warren Redlich, directly relate to the named individual’s alphabetical listing in comparison to each other. Such is not the case for Johnson, Jim Gray, and Jesse Ventura, who each received personal highs at the top of ranks, as well as Kip Lee and Robert Milnes, who each received personal highs at the bottom of the ranks.
Each named individual is ranked below according to the total number of votes received.
|3. Which one of the following individuals would you most like to see as the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nominee?|
|Jim “Libertarian” Burns||1||0.62|
Gary Johnson received a clear majority with close to 54 percent of the total. Johnson, Jesse Ventura, and Jim Gray were the only named individuals to receive more votes than NOTA. Jim “Libertarian” Burns, Kip Lee, and Darryl Perry all tied for last place with one vote each.
As analysis continues, follow Saturn’s Repository for further statistics, including results by state.