Paul Takes Third in New LA Times Poll; Dominates Non-White VoteSubmitted by PTDM on Mon, 09/05/2011 - 21:19
Check out the new LA Times poll here:
You can see the dataset here:
Of course, it's great that he's at third (above Bachmann) and that he's only at about half of Romney and Perry.
But the interesting thing to note is that he wasn't matched against Obama and that Bachmann was. That means that when the pollsters designed the poll, they assumed that the top three candidates were Perry, Romney, and Bachmann and so they matched those three against Obama. Their subsequent results indicate that they should have matched Paul against Obama as well as Bachmann, or instead of Bachmann. In other words, they assumed that Paul wasn't in the top three. Their results showed that Paul is in the top three.
The other interesting thing to note is that Paul dominates the other candidates in the non-white vote. And not just in the general 'non-white' category, but also in the specifically black and latino categories. He doesn't do as well among women, but he does very well among the young voters.
This is good news. Regular people need to just keep making up for where the media and pundits are excluding him. At this point, this race is about crowd-sourced and emergent social activity. Remember, in the last presidential race almost half the population eligible to vote didn't vote. I didn't vote, but I will this time. That population combined with the population that changes its vote can matter. Even for those who don't agree very much with Paul - he represents a protest vote that means something. It's the first time in a long time where there's a chance to move beyond the two-category choice that's given every four years.