Even with the news of Bernie Sanders endorsing Hillary Clinton's candidacy, and the resulting stampede of Sanders's supporters toward Jill Stein and the Greens, the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll shows Stein still hovering in the vicinity of 5% nationwide.
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:
Mystery & intrigue, y'all. Could Dr. Stein be that "someone else" for, say, 7% of the voters?
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Here are NBC/SurveyMonkey poll results released today. They are showing Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson polling at 9%, Green candidate Jill Stein at 5%, That 5% is a magical number for third-party campaigns, since 5% nationwide in the presidential race qualifies a party for federal funds in the next cycle.
The Libertarians have been drooling loudly over the prospect of reaching 15%, as Rachel Maddow has reported. That level in five reputable polls (whichever those are) gets your candidate past the gate-keepers at the Commission on Presidential Debates.
There is only the one question about preferences in a four-way race. But given only Clinton and Trump as voting choices, 20% choose "somebody else."
The figure for Stein represents an increase from the 4% showing last week. All the percentages are rounded, or course, so it may be a matter of jumping from 4.4% to 4.6%, with the usual margins of error thrown in.
Here's the goods. This time, in Pennsylvania, Gary Johnson gets 6% and Jill Stein 3%.
I don't expect a huge amount of consistency among polls in different states, even neighboring states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But the polls we have seen thus far show a great degree of consistency on several questions:
Stein's 3% is reduced to 1% in a four-way race with Sanders, Trump, and Johnson.
Here is the question on which all the media coverage should focus, however:
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