Perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest Dakota Free Press poll finds Hillary Clinton thumping Donald Trump. I asked Sunday morning, “How will you vote in the Presidential election?” I limited choices to those available on the South Dakota ballot. 226 of you (thank you!) provided the following responses:
- Clinton: 141 votes/62%
- Trump: 37 votes/16%
- Johnson: 23 votes/10%
- leaving Pres. line blank: 11 votes/5%
- Castle: 7 votes/3%
- write-in: 7 votes/3%
- not voting at all: 0 votes/0%
I am pleased to see poll participants promising 100% voter turnout… but I suppose folks who don’t plan to vote probably aren’t bothering to vote in online polls, either. But hey, non-voters, if you really want to cede political decision-making to those of us who read the blogs, we welcome your confidence in us.
Interestingly, that 21% non-Democrat, non-GOP vote shows a notable spike in dissatisfaction with the two major parties’ nominees. In 2012, Gary Johnson pulled only 1.6% for the Libertarian ticket; Virgil Goode drew only 0.7% for the Constitution Party. A 21% South Dakota vote for third-party options would almost match Ross Perot’s 21.8% finish here in 1992. Perot pulled 9.9% in 1996; John Anderson won 6.5% in 1980. Otherwise, in recent modern votes, third parties in South Dakota have hung around margin-of-error 2% in South Dakota’s Presidential vote. In the woulda-coulda-shoulda world, it would have been interesting to see if a Larry Pressler or B. Thomas Marking could have parlayed this frustration into a strong 2016 challenge to Senator John Thune or Rep. Kristi Noem.