Polls Continue to Exclude Mention of Florida Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate

The Libertarian candidate says his exclusion from presidential debates violates the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

From The Examiner:

By Karl Dickey

Yesterday, a Quinnipiac University poll was released on the 2014 Florida Governor’s race, ignoring Libertarian Party of Florida candidate Adrian Wyllie as well as other candidates expected to be on the ballot in November, 2014. Besides two Republican and Democratic candidates, the poll asks respondents if they support “someone else” or “wouldn’t vote”. The poll doesn’t even include other Democrats and Republicans running to be Florida’s next governor and this is typical of the mainstream media and mainstream polling organizations. It would lead some to believe two main candidates are picked ahead of time and all the media’s focus is on them, rather than other legitimate candidates in the race and on the ballot.

Last month, Wyllie was excluded from another poll, which included Charlie Crist who had not even filed to run for governor at that time, yet Wyllie filed to run for the position this past January. The one poll Wyllie was included showed him at 8.7% earlier this year and hasn’t been included in a poll since. Conspiracy theorists could wonder if the two candidates to be shown to the public are chosen ahead of time.

Much like with Ross Perot in 1992, once a third party candidate looks like they will have too much influence in an election, some wonder if a coordinated effort of exclusion is practiced. Once Perot gained over 19% of the vote in the 1992 presidential election, the Commission on Presidential Debates took over the presidential debates, changing the rules and qualifications for inclusion and a third party candidate has never since been in the debates.

This exclusionary effort blinds the voting public into believing there are only two candidates to choose, however nothing could be further from the truth which leads to the defeat of other qualified candidates.

For example, in the 2012 Presidential elections there were 12 people on the ballot in Florida to choose, however the mainstream media, the Commission on Presidential Debates and polling organizations work to keep them from the public’s eye. So when voters enter the voting booth, they are surprised to see the number of people to select from, however since they are only familiar with two, pick on of the two. Often the line from mainstream media is that “if the candidate is compelling to readers or viewers we will cover them.” However it is undisputed Gary Johnson who ran in the 2012 presidential race was one of the more, if not the most, compelling and interesting candidates running. He would have been an interesting read, however was purposefully excluded from mainstream coverage.

Recently in Virginia, the Libertarian Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Robert Sarvis, was excluded from debating in the last debate even though he qualified under the debate participation rules.

The issue is so bad, there are many ‘third party’ candidates and other organizations wanting to force the mainstream media into equal coverage.

16 thoughts on “Polls Continue to Exclude Mention of Florida Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate

  1. Vincent

    Meh. Polling companies are independent private entities who may choose to include whoever they want, and more importantly whoever the client wants. If no one (with money) is asking Q-Pac or PPP for such a poll, why bother making one?

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    Is Adrian Wyllie the actual candidate yet, or is he still only one of several?

    Just wondering.

  3. paulie

    Polling companies are independent private entities who may choose to include whoever they want, and more importantly whoever the client wants. If no one (with money) is asking Q-Pac or PPP for such a poll, why bother making one?

    In the absence of money to hire pollsters with, press releases like this one help spread awareness of relatively little known candidates and put at least some pressure on pollsters to include them.

  4. paulie

    Is Adrian Wyllie the actual candidate yet, or is he still only one of several?

    Just wondering.

    John Wayne Smith is still running. Although I think he does agree with well over 80% of the party platform, he refuses to certify it in writing for approval by the state party vetting process, since he considers the process to be illegitimate. Therefore, the state party considers Wyllie to be the only vetted candidate and acts as if he is the presumptive nominee. If Smith was willing to submit to their vetting procedure they say they would be neutral.

    National’s current procedure is to defer to states in such matters.

    The actual candidate will be chosen next year.

  5. Jed Ziggler Post author

    The point of the article is that they are already presuming nominees for Democratic & Republican candidates, yet independent & minor party candidates are being excluded from the same polls, despite the fact that Adrian Wyllie recently polled at well over 8% in the one poll he was included in.

  6. Stewart Flood

    An example of an official poll:

    Ring…ring…

    Hello?

    Good evening sir, we are conducting a survey of registered voters, may we ask you a few short questions?

    Ummm…

    Good. First, sir…in the upcoming election are you supporting the candidate of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or the candidate of another party?

    Well…I’m a Libertarian, so…

    Thank you. Final question, sir…is it freezing outside where you are right now?

    Huh? In Florida? No way!

    Thank you for your time…

    Published results: of the 23.7% indicating that they had not yet decided to support one of the two major party’s candidates, a significant majority stated that they’d vote for a Libertarian only when He** freezes over…

  7. paulie

    The format of Examiner articles makes it easy to miss the author’s name. William is correct, please amend the post to include Karl’s name as the original author.

  8. OrlandoChris

    Folks, it all comes down to recognition. We need to spread the word about Adrian Wyllie in order for him to win. I am very much behind the “super brochure” plan, so much so, that I personally have completely covered my entire precinct where I live. I think it’s the most affective and economical way to bring the super voters, attention to Adrian Wyllie. Most don’t even know there is another choice other than scott/crist. It only cost me $47.50 to cover my precinct. I urge others to do the same. If you want him elected, you must do something to make it happen. Just your one vote will not do it. Take advantage of this great opportunity we have to get a Libertarian in the Governor’s office. We (Floridians) desperately need this. I beg you to do what you can.

  9. paulie

    Hi Chris, I appreciate the sentiment, but please stop spamming the exact same cut and paste comment on multiple old articles.

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