The latest Quinnipiac University national poll shows Stein at 4%, about the same percentage she got from QU at the end of June. The latest figures bring Stein's Real Clear Politics average up again: Over the past week, she has upticked from 3.0% to 3.6% on RCP.
As influential as the big 24-hour news networks may be, at any given time, generally about 1% of America's population is actually watching CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News. That includes all the people stuck in airport departure lounges. Even if every non-Green who watched Stein's CNN Town Hall appearance last Wednesday were instantly converted, it wouldn't make a huge difference in her polling numbers.
But factor in everyone who linked to the video on their various social media outlets and blogs, and now at least a lot more American voters know who Jill Stein is. That was not the case in June: two months ago, 88% of respondents did not know enough about Stein to form an opinion of her.
Other noteworthy findings from this sample population:
- The trend for Gary Johnson, who's polling at 10%, is similar: Far fewer people are still asking "Who the hell is Gary Johnson?"
- The 18-34 cohort is now expressing double-digit preferences for both Johnson (16%) and Stein (11%).
- Lots more respondents are voting for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton because they actively dislike the other major-party choice than because they actually like their preferred candidate.
- It is also true that more third-party voters are voting because they dislike the major parties than because they actually like their third party of choice.
Do yourself a favor and read the whole result document—or at least read until your eyes glaze over (as mine began to about page 11).