John Kasich, Mark Cuban lead among independent candidates for 2020 presidential election

November 8, 2017

If the 2020 general election for president were held today, for which independent candidate would you vote?  When 1,514 likely U.S. voters were asked that question  in October by Zogby Analytics, Governor John Kasich of Ohio took the lead (13%) and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, came in second at 6%.

 However, most respondents (39%)  to the poll, released November 33, stated “none of the above  and  second-highest number (34%) responded “not sure.”

Other candidates that drew some support in the poll included Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson (6%), Green Party candidate Jill Stein (5%), former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (4%) and Disney CEO Bog Iger (2%).

The survey may have been slightly skewed because it was conducted before Mark Cuban announced that, if he were to run in 2020, he would probably do so as a Republican. In the Zogby poll,  Cuban  received the strongest support from voters aged 18-29 (19%), Liberals (18%), voters with household income between $50-75k (18%), and Democrats (16%).

The researchers commented, “ Mark Cuban doesn’t appear to be necessarily in sync with Republican voters, as only 8% would choose him, even when only considering independent candidates; overall he appears to be more of a choice of young Democrats than typical Republican voters.”

John Kasich— who became well-known to voters in the 2016 Republican primaries—displayed  a different pattern of strength in this poll. He scored his best results among self-identified investors (20%), Republicans (17%), voters over age 65 (19%), voters with household incomes in the $75k-100k range (17%) and those who only own landline phones (18%).

Research contact: jonathan@zogbyanalytics.com