Poll: Libertarian Johnson tops Clinton among independents
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Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary JohnsonGary JohnsonGary Johnson: I don’t want to be president anymore ‘because of Trump’ Gary Johnson ruling out 2020 bid: 'It does boil down to two political parties' Court: Excluding outside parties from presidential debates does not violate First Amendment MORE leads presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE among self-identified independents, a new poll finds.

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A Fox News survey released Thursday found Clinton leading overall with 39 percent support, followed by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE 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.

The former New Mexico governor has been on a media blitz and urging pollsters to include him in their surveys.

The Presidential Debates Commission requires candidates poll at 15 percent in five polls leading up to the debates to qualify, but many pollsters only survey the two major party candidates.

In polls that have included Johnson recently, he’s landed in the 10 to 12 percent range — well within striking distance of where he needs to be to qualify.

Johnson told The Hill recently that he believes his polling numbers will go up once Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE drops out of the race.

The Fox News survey found Johnson taking 8 percent support from Democrats — better than Trump’s 7 percent support. Trump has similarly made an appeal to Sanders supporters.

Among Republicans, Johnson takes 11 percent, compared to only 6 percent for Clinton. The former secretary of State has talked about reaching out to members of the GOP who say they can never support Trump.

The socially liberal Johnson, who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and legalizing marijuana, does best among young voters, taking 18 percent support among those under the age of 35.

He does poorly among older voters, taking only 4 percent support among those over the age of 65.

The Fox News poll of 1,004 registered voters was conducted between June 5 and June 8 and has a 3 percentage point margin of error.