IL: Poll Finds 11% Support for Third Party Candidate, Fails to Ask who that Candidate Is

If I told you that, in a certain gubernatorial race, 11% of voters were planning on voting for someone other than the corporatist shills representing the Democratic and Republican parties, and, if I added that this voting bloc was composed of 23% of African Americans, 19% of moderates, and 14% of Democrats, you'd probably wonder just who that candidate is. If your curiosity got the best of you, you might ask me; you might even do your own research on the matter; indeed, you could go so far as to ask those very people themselves. If you did, you probably don't work for Rasmussen Reports. Rasmussen's most recent poll gauging opinion on Illinois' gubernatorial race finds that 11% of voters prefer a third party or independent candidate over Republican Bill Brady and incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn:
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Brady picking up 44% of the vote, while Quinn earns support from 37%. Eleven percent (11%) prefer a different candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.
As is usual for Rasmussen, however, the polling outfit chose not to query those independent thinkers as to which candidate they do indeed support, apparently satisfied that "some other candidate" suffices. At the Examiner, Dennis Brennan reports on the raw numbers:
While 88 percent of Republicans are supporting Brady, only sixty one percent of Democrats are supporting Quinn at this time. More troubling according to the poll is that 23 percent of African American voters say that they will vote for a third party candidate. An amazing 23 percent of African-Americans, 19 percent of moderates, 14 percent of Democrats and women and 10 percent of liberals chose "Some other candidate" in the poll.
Brennan reports that the Quinn campaign is worried about the impact Democrat-turned-independent Scott Lee Cohen could have on their chances of success. Yet, from Rasmussen's numbers, there is no way of telling whether Cohen is indeed garnering any amount of support from the people of Illinois. One might just as well postulate that Green Party candidate Rich Whitney has effectively broken through the 10% barrier. In June, Public Policy Polling (.pdf) found that Whitney was garnering about 9% support in the race. Or Cohen and Whitney could be competing for the votes of one 1 out of 5 African Americans and moderates and 1 out of 10 liberals. Or maybe these folks have come to support Libertarian Lex Green or Constitution Party candidate Michael White, or some combination of all of them. With Rasmussen as our guide we'll never know.

One wonders just how much support "some other candidate" would have to poll for Rasmussen to consider asking its respondents who exactly this other candidate is. 20%? 30%? 50%?

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