Gary Johnson tops presidential poll of military community

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By: Troy Frisby

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is the leading candidate among the military community, according to a new poll.

The former New Mexico governor earned 37 percent in the online poll, with nearly 1,400 votes, including both active-duty and veteran members of the military and their families.

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Meanwhile, Donald Trump took 30 percent of the vote, with Hillary Clinton trailing in third with 24 percent.

The Hill reported that the online poll results were released Monday by We Are The Mighty, Doctrine Man, Military OneClick and Got Your 6.

1,399 people participated via SurveyMonkey between September 7 and September 10.

Johnson has generally polled a distant third in national surveys, topping out at around 12 percent. A recent high-profile gaffe on foreign policy hasn't helped his cause. In response to a question about his proposals for fixing the turmoil in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Johnson asked, "And what is Aleppo?"

Johnson later recovered saying that when the U.S. intervenes militarily, "...we end up with a situation that in most cases is not better, and in many cases ends up being worse."

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Gov. Gary Johnson, former Governor of NM, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson pretends to have a heart attack on stage while arguing in favor of legalization of marijuana during CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., not pictured, had just argued during their debate that marijuana caused an increased risk of heart attacks. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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