On September 19, the California Poll released the results of its recent presidential poll. The results are: President Obama 58%, Mitt Romney 34%, other 2%, undecided 6%.
The pollster read this question to respondents: “If the presidential election were being held today would you vote for the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden or the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan?” This wording, of course, suggests that they are the only candidates. The “other” percentage might have been higher if the poll question had been different. To see the poll wording, scroll down to the bottom of the report.
The poll also suggests that independent voters are far more likely to have responded “other” than any other type of voters. Only 3% of registered Democrats are supporting “other” or are undecided; only 8% of registered Republicans are in those category; but 16% of the voters registered outside the two major parties chose one of those two categories.