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Sanders Leads Poll of Young Democrats by Double Digits
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49539"><span class="small">Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill</span></a>   
Wednesday, 03 April 2019 08:14

Mills Rodrigo writes: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a double-digit lead among young voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to a poll released Monday."

Bernie Sanders at a November rally on Capitol Hill for economic and social justice. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders at a November rally on Capitol Hill for economic and social justice. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sanders Leads Poll of Young Democrats by Double Digits

By Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill

03 April 19


en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a double-digit lead among young voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, according to a poll released Monday.

Thirty-one percent of likely voters between 18 and 29 years old surveyed by Harvard University's Institute of Politics said they prefer the Vermont lawmaker in a hypothetical primary.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was the first pick of 20 percent of respondents, while former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) received 10 percent of the support. No other candidate received more than 5 percent.

The youth vote has plenty of time to shift though, as 20 percent of the likely voters said they remain undecided.

“Proving that young voters see more than age, it’s notable that the candidates with the most experience in government service are leading a diverse field at this early stage in the process,” John Della Volpe, director of polling for the Institute of Politics, said in a statement.

“Compared to this point in the last presidential cycle, young Democratic voters are more engaged and likely to have an even greater impact in choosing their party’s nominee,” he added.

Sanders's support among young voters has consistently placed him near the top of national and early state vote polls.

The Institute for Politics surveyed 934 likely voters nationwide from March 8 to 20. The margin of error for the sample is 4.5 percentage points.

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+22 # DongiC 2019-04-03 09:17
There's a blue tidal wave forming and Bernie is at the crest of it. Watch out everybody, here come the Democratic Socialists. Ready to save the world which Trump is trying to destroy. And, we're just in time!
+24 # bdeja 2019-04-03 09:49
I hope people will dig into Joe Biden's, much less than progressive past. One such legacy of his that he is largely responsible for the great debt burden dumped onto college students.
+9 # rural oregon progressive 2019-04-03 16:35
Current polls continue to annoy me with the inclusion of Biden... I can understand including Biden in the polls from 6 months ago, when nobody had yet announced. At this point in the process, polls should only include "announced candidates", of which there are several. Until, and unless Creepy Uncle Joe announces, he should not be in any poll, unless you are also going to include Hillary, Kerry, Bill Clinton and other previous candidates who also "are not yet running". I find the whole Biden thing kind of funny. We all know that the Establishment will continue to try to dissuade voters with Bernie's age. How is it going to work for the Establishment if Old Joe also enters the race? Joe with his non-progressive history; his "creepy" baggage, and Anita Hill legacy, likely could not win anyway. But if he enters, the Establishment would no longer be able to point at Bernie and say "too old". And they want to keep that specious argument in play.
+2 # librarian1984 2019-04-04 05:32
I think that's the point. Biden would eventually bow out, saying he's too old, pressuring Sanders to do the same.

Because Biden is the only one who polls close to Sanders they want him to stay in long enough to drive Sanders out, then they'll dump him for establishment darlings Harris or O'Rourke.

They're not-bright plans, a hallmark of the Democrap establishment.

There are also the new DNC rules and various other obstacles, all being implemented to take Sanders down ... again.
+26 # chrisconno 2019-04-03 10:06
Sanders popularity isn;t because he has the most governing experience or that the young suddenly have utmost respect to the old. It is because he talks the talk and walks the walk. His vision has remain true and he has consciously refused to be purchased. He believes we all deserve a place at the table and that our tax dollars should be used so that we all benefit.
+10 # MainStreetMentor 2019-04-03 12:45
I agree with your assessment, Chris. Hillary and Wasserman-Shult z were actively involved with Bernie’s nominee destruction at the individual state’s nomination/voti ng process for the 2016 primary. Bernie’s appeal has roots in the recognition of his common-sense proposals and their implementation. Those proposals will work, and the proposed/outlin ed payment methodologies for his programs are sound. Bernie needs, (in my opinion), to de-mystify and clarify the twisted interpretation promoted and promulgated by conservatives, (read Faux News here), between Democratic Socialist and mere Socialist – because the opposition only hears “Socialist” not “Democratic” and instantly equate that term with “Red Russia” of the past.
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-04 06:45
It is clear that younger people are attracted to Sanders but I think in the long run older voters will be as well. He alone has always been steadfast in his support for Medicare and Social Security, which older people depend on and really do believe in. Other democrats are just less committed and may be open to a compromise with republicans some day.

As chrisconno said above -- Sanders is authentic. He has walked the walk for many years. He's not a con artist like Trump and not an empty suit like Beto or Obama.