Tom Steyer, a billionaire, announced he was campaigning for president on July 9 and pledged to spend 100 million dollars of his own fortune to make that happen. Enough for a significant advertisement buy!

To make the third debate stage in September he will have to have at least 2% in 4 polls through the end of July and get at least 130k individual donors.

Yet, when I look at the most recent polls, they don't seem to be asking his name. Is his candidacy real or not?


Real Clear Politics is only listing thirteen of the twenty odd major candidates in their interface. Presumably this is because they lack the horizontal room on the page to show more. This leaves off eight of the candidates who made it to the first debate. If you look down further, the graph shows twenty candidates and Tom Steyer is included there (he currently averages .5%). That still leaves off at least three of the candidates from the first debate (because there are three people listed who weren't at the debate).

If you want more details, you'll have to click into the individual polls. In general, in their table, the name of the polling outfit links to the poll in question.


If you look at the date ranges on those "most recent polls" (at the time this question was asked) you will find that they almost all started before July 9th.

The Hill/Harris X poll started July 12th. It includes Steyer (0%, rounded).

The Economist/YouGov poll started July 14th. It includes Steyer (1%).

The premise that Steyer is not included in polls that began after his candidacy was announced July 9th seems to be false.

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    Lag is a very important thing about polls most people miss. You can't expect to see good polls that fully account for a recent event until nearly a moth after the event. – T.E.D. Jul 18 at 18:00
  • @T.E.D. Agreed. Especially difficult for aggregating in this context when only the most recent polls even have a candidate included on the list, due to their criterion for including the name on the poll. They then have to decide whether to even attempt to aggregate those data or not. – Bryan Krause Jul 18 at 18:04

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