The Quinnipiackers actually call it the Swing State Poll, and it's a poll of the three most populous swing states: Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
This week's presidential numbers for a four-way race in those three states:
Check out all the minute details here. Huzzah, Pennsylvania: 13% all ready to vote for minor-party candidates! Of course, about 12% of Keystoners either haven't made up their minds or prefer not to answer the question.
Yes, Pennsylvania is considered a swing state, despite its location in the Blue Northeast. Remember that adage about "Philadelphia on one end, Pittsburgh on the other end, and Mississippi in the middle." Its delegation to the US Senate is split, but for a while it had too Republicans in the upper house. Thanks to the Clinton-Hatred surrounding the 1994 midterm election, Pennsylvania's taste in Republicans devolved quickly from Arlen Specter (who quit the GOP in disgust toward the end of his career) to Rick Santorum. Keystoners elected Pat Toomey to replace Specter in 2010, when Specter retired to focus on his battle with cancer; in 2006, they recovered their wits and replaced Santorum with Democrat Bob Casey.
But we digress.
Barring hordes of extraterrestrials invading our cities and stealing our iPads, Trump's poll numbers will continue to slide. Stick the proverbial fork in him and see if he's Drumpf yet. Johnson's and Stein's numbers will continue their upward trend, even in the swing states, but they will not cut appreciably into Clinton's lead.
Clinton has plenty of problems, but this election ain't one (apologies to Jay Z). However, I do not see the two-party duopoly lasting much beyond November 2016, as long as the Libs and Greens are ready to keep up the momentum.
Once the duopoly is broken, the Electoral College is next. Hypothetically, in a competitive four-way race, a candidate could win all of a state's electors with just 26% of the vote in that state. Do you think the American people will stand for that? The only solutions will be to
It's enough of a problem in the UK, with its multiple parties, that opposition to its first-past-the-post parliamentary elections is growing. In 2015, the Tories won an outright majority despite capturing only 36.9% of the vote, and this was not due to David Cameron's overwhelming charisma. (BTW, Cameron will Brexit Stage Right in October, thanks to Britons voting by a 52-48 margin to leave the European Union, which is grist for a whole 'nother blog entry.) Electoral number-munchers also point out that the UK Independence Party and the Greens got respectable percentages nationwide, but only a handful of parliamentary seats between them; meanwhile, the geographically concentrated Scottish National Party took 46 seats with just 4.7% of the vote.
Unlike Brexit, the end of the US duopoly and the long-overdue electoral changes will not cause economic meltdowns. I'm looking forward to it with great zeal. It's one of the reasons I get a rush of perverse joy when I see words like "most unpopular major-party nominees ever" from respectable news sources.
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