Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Let's do a poll that matters

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   3 comments
Author 29616
Follow Me on Twitter     Message David Bright
Become a Fan
- Advertisement -

I'm not a big money guy, so I can't pull this off, but maybe someone out there knows someone who could pay to do the kind of poll that all the polling companies and media outlets have yet to do.

Let's wait until we see if Trump really does get the GOP nomination. Let's assume Jill Stein will get the Green Party nomination. We know Gary Johnson is already on the ballot. Then we need a state-by state poll, with enough respondents to give accurate information on a state-by-state basis (and Congressional district by congressional district in Maine and Nebraska).

Then the day after the GOP nomination run the poll, asking two questions.

1) If the election were held today, and the candidates on the ballot were Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Jill Stein, and Republican Donald Trump, would you vote for Clinton, Johnson, Stein, Trump, some other candidate, or leave the ballot blank.

- Advertisement -

2) If the election were held today, and the candidates on the ballot were Libertarian Gary Johnson, Democrat Bernie Sanders, Green Jill Stein, and Republican Donald Trump, would you vote for Johnson, Sanders, Stein, Trump, some other candidate, or leave the ballot blank.

Once the state-by-state results are in, do the Electoral College calculations and see who wins. (Nationwide polling is nothing but a beauty contest because we don't vote for President that way; doing electoral-college calculations on a state-by-state basis is the only way to get a true picture of what may happen.)

This needs to be done quickly, so the results are known the day before the Democratic convention nominates its candidate. That way the super delegates, who will make the final decision (neither Clinton nor Sanders has enough pledged delegates to win) will know exactly what they are doing and will be able to meet their obligation -- which is not to support a particular candidate, or to do what's best for America, but, according to the Call of the Convention, "who have the interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States at heart, who subscribe to the substance, intent and principles of the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States (note that it doesn't say platform), and who will participate in the Convention in good faith."

- Advertisement -

The only interest of the Democratic Party here is to win the fall election, not the summer nomination. If the polling shows Sanders will do better in the fall, super delegates should support Sanders on the first ballot.

This should not be done as a Sanders campaign survey. We just need someone to step up as a private individual (or corporate "person") and pay to have the survey done, then just stand back and let the results fall where they may.

Anyone out there know anyone who might want to help pay for this?

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

David Bright Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Former newspaper reporter and editor Commercial organic farmer and progressive political activist. Member, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners, Maine Farm Bureau and the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, AFL-CIO

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Revolution is over if Sanders chooses -- or is forced -- to quit

Let's do a poll that matters

Beating up on the minority delegates

Maine Legislature rebukes Courts, Democratic Party

Show U.S. the Money