A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) poll released Tuesday shows Green Party candidate Jill Stein gaining support for her presidential bid yet again. The poll of 891 registered voters conducted from June 16-19 showed Stein earning the support of 7 percent of respondents.
An NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released a week earlier showed Stein polling at five percent. In mid-April she was at only two percent, according to a press release from her campaign.
As The Progressive Standard previously reported, if Stein can reach the 15 percent threshold in national polls, she’ll be eligible to participate in the televised presidential debates. The CNN/ORC poll, along with the overall trajectory of polling numbers, suggests that Stein is well on her way to reaching that goal.
The Numbers May Be Even Better Than The Poll Suggests
There are indicators that the poll underrespresented the true level of support for Stein. Like Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Stein performs particularly well among millennials. The CNN/ORC poll, however, relied on interviews with 601 landline respondents and 400 cell phone respondents.
Considering that few millennials own landlines, these numbers suggest that millennials may have accounted for a disproportionately small sample of respondents. In the poll’s break down of respondents by age, millennials are in fact the only group whose numbers are not included. There is an “N/A” listed under that category, presumably because there were not enough millennial respondents to provide measurable data.
The poll had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
Throwing Jill Stein In The Mix Would Certainly Make For Interesting Debates
If Stein does make it onto the televised debates, there are bound to be fireworks. Stein has been equally directin her criticisms of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Unlike Sanders, Stein has no love for the Democratic Party or Hillary Clinton and will not pull any punches when addressing the former secretary of state’s record on a number of policy issues. Stein has already called out Clinton for her stances on immigration, the environment, and foreign policy. She has also questioned Clinton’s record on feminist issues, a line of attack Clinton has not previously encountered in a debate opponent.
In perhaps her most bold attack on Clinton, Stein argued that there are no substantial differences in many of the policies of Trump and Clinton. Stein maintains that whatever policy distinctions there are between those two candidates tend to be a matter of rhetoric rather than substance. As she puts it: “What we fear from Donald Trump, we have already seen from Hillary Clinton.” In other words, Trump may say horrible things but we know that Clinton actually does horrible things.
Also, Stein is not sick and tired of hearing about Clinton’s ongoing email scandal and the FBI investigation into it.
If Stein does reach the 15 percent threshold necessary to be on the televised presidential debates, hopefully Clinton and Trump won’t try ducking debates with her.