NBC/Marist Florida polling is flawed

The most recent NBC/Marist poll for the presidential election came out this week, and it is flawed. The organization polled 1,146 registered Florida voters with 35 percent responding they consider themselves independent voters, 33 percent Republican, and 31 percent as Democrat. Yet when asking these respondents who they will vote for, they only mention the Republican and Democratic candidates, as if there is no other candidate who will appear on their ballot. The poll pigeon holes the largest percentage of their respondents. Florida voters will see three candidates who will also appear on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and will see seven candidates on their ballot, not two.

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For example, 22 percent of Americans identify or lean Libertarian, yet the general media rarely, if ever, mentions the Libertarian Party presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen even though she is one of the three candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states plus D.C. Her name is also rarely mentioned in polling, including the most recent NBC/Marist poll. Perhaps the reason they do not mention Jorgensen in polling is because the public does not know much about her and thereby is caught in a Catch-22 situation because of the media blackout.



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