Yang: 500K entries for 'Freedom Dividend' shows 'message is catching on everywhere'

Presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit MORE in an interview with Hill.TV broadcast Thursday touted his campaign contest and rise in recent polling as two key signs of growing momentum for his campaign.

Yang's campaign reported earlier this week that it had received more than 450,000 entries for a contest to promote his "Freedom Dividend" proposal, but Yang said this number is now at more than 500,000. 

“The message is catching on everywhere,” Yang said, while discussing a recent poll that showed him beating Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues MORE (D-Calif.) in the state she represents.

“Our national polling continues to rise and after the last debate, we had over 500,000 people sign up for the freedom dividend and they were all over the country,” he added.

Yang has risen in the polls following last week's debate performance in Houston, where he urged Americans to enter a contest on his campaign website to become one of 10 families to win $1,000 a month for an entire year.

According to Emerson University poll released this week, Yang is leading Harris by 1 percentage point with 7 percent support in California among likely Democratic primary voters.

However, Yang still trails top-tier candidates by a wide margin on a national level.

A RealClearPolitics average showed Yang with 3 percent support, trailing front-runner Biden by more than 24 points and Warren by 15 points.

—Tess Bonn