Friday, May 1, 2020

22% of Sanders voters will vote against Biden

Poll: Nearly 1 in 4 Sanders supporters not on board yet with voting for Biden. Here is some of that news from USA Today.

I can hear the chants now: four more years, four more years.

Bernie Sanders may have endorsed Joe Biden, but almost a quarter of the Vermont senator’s supporters aren’t jumping on board just yet, according to a new poll.

Nearly 1 in 4 Sanders supporters (22%) said they would vote for a third party candidate, vote for President Donald Trump, not vote in November or were undecided about who to vote for, according to a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll. When broken down, 2% said they would vote for Trump, 8% said they would vote for a third party candidate, 2% said they would skip voting and 8% are still undecided.

However, the vast majority of Sanders supporters (77%) said they will vote for Biden in the general election in November.

Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee after Sanders suspended his campaign in early April. Less than a week after dropping out, Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, went on to endorse Biden, who is a more moderate Democrat. The Vermont senator has since been emphatic about his supporters backing Biden, and he is working with the former vice president’s campaign via several policy working groups related to more progressive stances.

Despite Biden and Sanders working together to win over the Vermont senator’s supporters, the majority of them are not enthused by Biden.

… Biden is likely struggling to win over Sanders voters because of disagreements on priorities for the general election. While 57% of Sanders supporters said defeating Trump is more important than standing up for policy proposals like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, about one-third (34%) said standing up for policy proposals was more important than beating Trump.

David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, said that it’s common to see a large percentage of disgruntled supporters from other primary challengers at this point of the electoral cycle.

Barker noted that as late as August 2008, many Hillary Clinton supporters were still expressing that they wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama, and there was a similar situation with “never Trump” voters in 2016.

So, I wonder if Berniecrats’ focus on policy issues will result in their vote for Trump. Why would any of them think that Trump would sign off on Medicare for All?

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