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 Examples of Polling Exclusion

The Washington Post-ABC Poll is used to qualify for both the Primary Debates and the Presidential Debates. Unlike the primaries, the Presidential Debates added a rule that unless a candidate is polling at 15% or higher, they will not be allowed to debate.

But what if the polls leave out candidates they know will be on the ballots in enough states to win?

  (Actual polling report with questions/breakdown attached):

​2016 Election

2019 Primaries

2020 Election

  • 2020 Presidential Election - Only Trump and Biden are mentioned - Jorgensen and Hawkins are excluded ABC/Washinton Post Poll

Quotes from Anheuser-Busch

Yes, they really said it!

“As an industry leader we are committed to playing an active role in strengthening our communities and our democracy,” said Cesar Vargas, Anheuser-Busch U.S. Chief External Affairs Officer. “The Anheuser-Busch Foundation’s sponsorship of the presidential debates is one of the ways that we support our democratic process and drive participation in elections.” - 2020 Sponsorship Announcement


Since 2016 Anheuser-Busch has supported a number of events under their “Brew Democracy” initiative that aims to bring the nation’s political leaders together. The Anheuser-Busch Brew Across America Congressional Brewing Competition, now in its fourth year, has brought 30 members of Congress together at 20 different Anheuser-Busch breweries to learn about the more than 2.1 million jobs the beer industry creates in the U.S. while learning to brew beer with local ingredients.”

Want to see more on their Donations, PACs, and Lobbying? It's all public record.

Anheuser-Busch InBev's own PACs, donations, meeting / lobbying with elected officials (even the White House) 

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See their FEC receipts Click Here

The Commission on Presidential Debates

Why won't the CPD let all four candidates with ballot access debate?

This is what they had to say:

"History teaches that it is speculative at best to assume that the leading candidates would agree to share the stage with candidates enjoying only scant public support."

"It was the CPD’s judgment that the 15 percent threshold best balanced the goal of being sufficiently inclusive to invite those candidates considered to be among the leading candidates, without being so inclusive that invitations would be extended to candidates with only scant public support, thereby jeopardizing the voter education purpose of the debates."

 
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