Third-Party Colbert Would Get 13%: Poll

... if he pushed the joke that far
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2012 4:53 PM CST
Third-Party Stephen Colbert Would Get 13% of the Vote: Poll
Stephen Colbert attends IAVA's Fifth Annual Heroes Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 9, 2011, in New York City.   (Getty Images)

If Stephen Colbert decided to run for president as a third-party candidate, his performance might not be too shabby: He'd pull in 13% of the vote, Public Policy Polling finds. In that hypothetical scenario, President Obama would get 41% and Mitt Romney 38%. If the Comedy Central host were to go third-party, he'd help out Republicans, the poll finds: In a contest between Obama and Romney, Colbert voters unsurprisingly prefer Obama 52-38.

Colbert stacks up well against Republicans: His 36% favorability rating is higher than any current GOP candidate, with Romney coming closest at 35%. Some 47% of Democrats have a favorable view of the comedian, compared with 43% of independents, and 18% of Republicans. (In the poll's real-world findings, Obama has a 49-44 lead over Romney nationally.)

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