Surveys, Polls & Questionnaires
Each time we see a poll that doesn’t include 3rd parties, then we alert our response network. Two excellent examples of this are Amnesty International and Public Breastfeeding. Whenever a major human rights violation occurs anywhere in the world or a woman is denied the ability to breastfeed, an army of volunteers floods the mailboxes, phones and social media of the offending party. It works, plain and simple.
Amnesty International and Breastfeeding
There is a very easy and no cost way to spread this message. It is to require all polls, surveys and questionnaires to include all independent candidates and 3rd parties.
There are countless polls circulated online, but most only mentioned the top 2 parties. The media doesn’t recognize independent candidates because “they don't stand a chance”… but the danger is that this thinking becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just by having other options listed makes a big difference in how we are perceived by the public. By having independent candidates and 3rd parties be visible, voters will be reminded that they have other options, and other non-2-party candidates will be encouraged to run for office.
But it’s not like we need to twist arms. Most people in the media are regular folks who care about our future too, and when they hear this message, they realize their oversight and quickly do the right thing.