Any bets as to whether that number increases substantially, and how much, in the next few weeks?
The NBC/SM poll is notable for having a considerably larger sample size, and thus a smaller margin of error, than most of the academic polls like Quinnipiac and Monmouth. That sample does skew affluent and white, since, per conventional wisdom, actual voting does as well. About 8% of the respondents identified as "Black," and about the same as "Hispanic/Latino," whereas both of these ethnicities compose nearly twice that percentage of the total US population.
As we have noted previously:
- Five percent nationwide will be enough to qualify the Green or Libertarian Party for federal funds for 2020.
- Five percent statewide is sufficient to guarantee a minor party a ballot line in Texas for the next even-year election.
Mystery & intrigue, y'all. Could Dr. Stein be that "someone else" for, say, 7% of the voters?