Supporters of Bernie Sanders are understandably concerned about the possibility that their candidate is being cheated out of his shot at the 2020 nomination.
You really can’t blame them, particularly not after you examine the circumstances that he faced during the 2016 election, in which Hillary Clinton was caught colluding with the DNC in order to “rig” the primaries against him.
Now, on the even of the New Hampshire primary in which Sanders is an odds-on favorite to win, a new poll has been released that seeks to deflate the fanfare around him.
The majority of Americans would not support a socialist candidate, a Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed.
The survey, which polled 1,033 adults January 16-29, 2020, asked respondents:
Between now and the 2020 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates — their education, age, religion, race and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [characteristic], would you vote for that person?
Socialism is the only characteristic that garnered less than majority support, with only 45 percent indicating they could support a socialist candidate. A majority, 53 percent, said they could not back such a candidate.
A majority of Democrats, 76 percent, are willing to support a socialist candidate, but less than half of independents, 46 percent, indicated that they could support a socialist. The opposition is strongest among Republicans, with only 17 percent indicating that they could support a socialist.
Sanders’ democratic socialism would certainly make him an easy target for the ultra-capitalism of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, but the real story here is the timing of the poll itself, and how it relates to the ever-widening conspiracy theories regarding the Democratic establishment’s attempts to quash the Bernie Bros’ revolution.