This week, CNN/ORC released a new poll showing 2 percent of voters would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein over President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Yesterday, Ms. Stein’s campaign sent out a press release touting this “remarkable” result.
“People are starting to realize that they have a choice in the upcoming election, and that choice includes a presidential candidate who is not a pawn of Wall Street,” Ms. Stein said. “Voters want a Green New Deal for America, and Cheri Honkala and I are offering that.”
The poll showed 2 percent of registered voters and just 1 percent of likely voters would vote for Ms. Stein if all four candidates were on the ballot. Ms. Stein ranked last in the poll behind all of the other candidates, including Mr. Johnson, who polled at 4 percent among registered voters and 3 percent with likely voters.
Ms. Stein is a doctor who previously ran as the Green Party’s candidate for governor of Massachusetts in 2010 and in 2002 against Mr. Romney. Her running mate, Cheri Honkala, is the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Ms. Stein’s press release boasted that she and Ms. Honkala expect “to be on the ballot in 40 states come November, with 85% of Americans seeing their names on the ballot.”
In 2010, Ms. Stein got 1.43 percent of the vote in the Massachusetts governor’s race. Four years earlier, she was picked by 3.49 percent of Bay State voters. The Green Party’s last presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney received 0.12 percent of the vote in the 2008 election.
Read Ms. Stein’s full press release below.
“CNN Poll Shows Green Party’s Jill Stein Climbing into the Race
Stein at remarkable 2% versus Obama, Romney, Johnson
In a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday afternoon, a remarkable 2% of registered voters said they would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein over Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or Libertarian Gary Johnson for president of the United States. Based on the number of total voters in 2008, 2% of voters in the upcoming election could equal approximately 2.4 million people. The Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala ticket expects to be on the ballot in 40 states come November, with 85% of Americans seeing their names on the ballot.
Earlier this month the Stein campaign bought over $150,000 worth of airtime on cable TV nationally and in select markets across the country to run this controversial ad. In the ad Stein calls for a revolution and says that what we don’t need is: “pandering irresponsible bullshit that passes itself off as campaigning. I can’t believe I just said that, but that’s how I feel,” she says.
Stein, a medical doctor who once ran against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts, is proposing a Green New Deal for America that will create 25 million jobs, end unemployment, and transition our country to a green economy. Her proposals will also guarantee public higher education and Medicare for all, break up the big banks, and end corporate domination of elections.
Running mate Cheri Honkala is the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.”