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Marcin writes: "Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders might have lost his 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he certainly won a number of supporters along the way."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)

Majority of Democrats Want Candidates to Be More Like Bernie Sanders, Poll Finds

By Tim Marcin, Newsweek

12 July 18


ermont Senator Bernie Sanders might have lost his 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he certainly won a number of supporters along the way.

To wit: A new poll released Wednesday by YouGov showed that a majority of Democrats want candidates in 2018 to be more like the independent, Democratic Socialist candidate.

The polling firm asked: "Do you wish the candidates who run for Congress this year will be more or less like Bernie Sanders?"

A full 57 percent of Democratic respondents said "more like Bernie Sanders" in response. Sixteen percent said less while 27 percent responded "not sure." Not surprisingly, Sanders was less popular with conservatives. Only 13 percent of Republicans said they wanted candidates to be more like Sanders, while 74 percent said less. Independents were split. Twenty-seven percent said more like Sanders, while 35 percent said less, and 38 percent said "not sure."

The survey from YouGov interviewed 1,500 U.S. adults from July 8 through July 10. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A number of Sanders-style candidates have already found success after his 2016 bid fell short. The Vermont senator's grassroots campaign garnered momentum by eschewing corporate donations, railing against Wall Street and condemning the vast income inequality in America. As The Independent reported, progressive candidates backed by Our Revolution—the group that was sparked by Sanders's campaign—have made great strides and won races in primaries.

There was perhaps no win as surprising and important as Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beating longtime New York congressman Joe Crowley. She relied on a straightforward message of supporting working families and has since won much support on the left.

"Starting off the campaign, I didn’t know everything I was getting into, but I knew the kind of campaign that my opponent was going to run: a standard DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], corporate Democrat campaign," Ocasio-Cortez told Jacobin magazine in an extended interview. "Usually those campaigns don’t focus on the field. I was coming into this race with a background as an organizer. From the beginning, I was always focused on organizing people, building a coalition, and deepening that coalition with other organizers. The campaign was almost entirely focused on physical organizing and digital outreach to reinforce that physical organizing." your social media marketing partner


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+68 # Moxa 2018-07-12 15:54
Hello, DNC? Is anybody listening?. . .Is anybody home?
+14 # rural oregon progressive 2018-07-12 21:50
Quoting Moxa:
Hello, DNC? Is anybody listening?. . .Is anybody home?

The lights are on... Must be home, but busy counting corporate money! It is amazing how deaf and bling the DDDC and DNC remain two years later.
+16 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-12 19:46
This is sort of what we all know. Sanders is respected even by some Trump voters because he talks about and obviously cares about the issues that impact their lives.

I was not part of this poll but I definite wish more democrats were like him. He needs to get a more peace oriented foreign policy but that is OK. Domestic issues are his strong suit. No one is perfect.
+23 # librarian1984 2018-07-12 21:45
Correction: "Majority of Democrats Want Bernie"

Sanders will pull ahead fast. Have twenty talking heads in a room and he'll stand out as authentic and capable. Any fair coverage will prove he's head and shoulders above the competition but, as we saw, the media doesn't do 'coverage' anymore. They do propaganda for their bosses' bosses.

We've already watched the party screw him over, and you know there are media plans ready to torpedo him.

Those things only make THEM look bad.

I wish the party leaders were not so corrupt and full of fear. A united DP could rout the GOP pretenders and sweep in real change for the country. Alas. The two parties have sewn up the game and cannot see past their noses. They have no vision, only greed.

Many people agreed more with Sanders' policy positions in 2016, but were afraid to 'throw away' their vote. They reluctantly voted for HRC -- and she lost. Now nobody trusts the DNC. This time many more will be willing to vote their conscience.

Remember some of those great ads he had? I wish Erica Garner would be here to see it.
+7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-13 10:43
librarian -- I'd love to read your take on the AFT convention this weekend featuring Sanders, Warren, and Clinton.

I'm not sure if it will be broadcast or live streamed. But maybe.
0 # librarian1984 2018-07-13 21:34
I'll look for it this weekend. I'm very interested in seeing the speeches. Whether we like it or not 2020 is underway.
+20 # Wise woman 2018-07-12 23:32
Hey Chuck, are you awake? Do you ever glance at the polls? Are you ever interested in winning an election? If you answered yes to any/all of these questions, I suggest you start thinking about Bernie Sanders and folks like him!!
+12 # librarian1984 2018-07-13 11:53
I think they have better polls and understand them better than we do, but they use them to stymie us and pull the wool over our eyes.

Millions have DemExited but they don't seem to care. They're foolishly counting on not being Trump and changing demographics to propel them to victory.

It would be so amazing if the party united behind progressives. We could change this country. We could join the enlightened world again.
+18 # goodsensecynic 2018-07-13 06:23
"More like Sanders ..." than what?

On the whole, this seems like the rank-and-file Democrats prefer a more "left-leaning" candidate. That would, if nothing else suggest a more energized "base" and higher turn-outs.

As for the GOP, Sanders' unpopularity could mean that they fear a "leftish" campaign rather than one in which the Democrats just try to find a more amiable personality to run on a platform of "Republican-lite."

More telling would be a poll about the "issues," wherein (regardless of the leader), the Democrats would be willing to run on an up-to-date version of FDR's "New Deal" or LBJ's "Great Society" ... albeit without the foreign policy hawkishness of a Hillary Clinton and the "liberal interventionists."

What matters is this: What do Democrats really want?

Do they want to remain loyal to their corporate donors on Wall Street, or do they want to be loyal to the working and middle classes, the environment, social justice and progressive social policies?

They can't do both!

By the way, adopting a (dare I say it?) "democratic socialist" platform would also give them a better chance at winning (because many Trump supporters, lured to his side by his false promises to "ordinary" Americans has not delivered on the promise to "make America great again," but instead has made the US look both terrifying and foolish as he embarrasses your republic every day on the world stage, while presiding over the dissolution of democracy at home.
+12 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-13 06:28
I posted this before but maybe this is a good place to bring it up. This weekend in the annual convention of the American Federation of Teachers, a division of the AFL-CIO and a union representing almost 2 million teachers. Like most unions, it has become more activist in recent years. The motto of the convention this year is -- "We Care, We Fight, We Show Up." -- Good stuff.

The keynote speakers are Eliz. Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton. This is an early preview of the 2020 election. But the real crucial outcome will be in the Sanders vs. Clinton confrontation.

It seems to me that Sanders should come out way ahead of Clinton because he has been very active nationwide in building Our Revolution and a base. Clinton has for the last year and a half been hiding and sulking while licking her unhealable wounds inflicted by Trump.

The AFT endorsed Clinton in the 2015 and gave her campaign a ton of money. Things are different now. In 2016 Sanders was an upstart with little chance of making much of a show against Clinton. Now as this article shows he is the best respected of all democratic political leaders.

I think the AFT convention could be a good indicator of what is to come. If Clinton bombs, this will be the end of her. Same for Warren -- though I don't think she will bomb. I'm not sure how strong Sanders will come out. I think it will be very good, but I'm not sure. Clinton's bitterness will be an issue.
0 # AZerbst 2018-07-15 21:36
RR -- Two days means high likelihood that nobody's looking at this anymore . . . but yes, the *head* of the American Federation of Teachers rushed to endorse HRClinton. But a whole bunch of the rank and file (incl. me) were silently wrathful because we wanted Bernie. And nobody listened.
+16 # Forbes 2018-07-13 06:38
We want every candidate to be like Bernie.
+1 # wrknight 2018-07-13 07:52
Too bad she won't be 35 until 2024.
+8 # Benign Observer 2018-07-13 14:08
It's no secret what people want: peace, prosperity, health, smooth roads, purpose, good schools, happy kids.

It's the same things people all over the world want and, in most modern countries it's what the government helps them achieve.

According to one story when human beings came too close to achieving heaven on earth a jealous god created the languages of the earth, using his omnipotence to divide people. The thinking was not lost on those who want to manipulate us: politicians, entertainers, advertisers, deep state, criminals .. who can tell them apart?

Our politicians aren't responsive. Criminals aren't punished, at least not rich ones. Bombs are dropped in our name on kids in places we never heard of.

After WW2 and the Cold War the world was ready to try something new. But not the United States. People like the Dulles brothers institutionaliz ed organized crime. Thugs with nukes and waterboards, that's US.

This country is so messed up. Our desperation crosses party, age, gender, color and occupation. We are all getting screwed by the machine.

People outside the US know we're being victimized the way WE know GOP voters are getting played.

The trolls who come here aren't Russian operatives, they're from the One Party with Two Names. They come here to argue with us, to divide us and sneak a peek into our thinking.

They rob us blind and use our own $ against us --instead of helping us.

The establishment is the enemy.
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-13 18:05
Nice statement. I think you have it just right. In the US at least, from the 50s to the 80s people could aspire to increases in income and pleasures in life. Then things turned downward for most people. We are still going down.

I really thing a truthful populists like Sanders would draw votes from all parties as you say. He would win. But then we'd have to see what the FBI or CIA does.
-5 # JCM 2018-07-13 19:14
BO: "The establishment is the enemy." Do you mean the Democratic party establishment? Is a republican better than an Establishment Democrat? Do you still think that the rump is better than a Hillary?
+5 # vicnada 2018-07-13 20:35
So what do people like about Bernie? What sets him apart from the others?

Isn't it true that people relate to politicians much like they do to their dreams? It's not a fully conscious relationship as one has with people you have met, had meals with, work with, live with, love and hate. No, we develop more subconscious images and feelings that sort themselves into votes one way or the other.
These images are important because they carry emotional content that is all the more powerful because they are are not full conscious.

When I see pictures of Bernie such as headlines this article, I feel there is congruity no matter the mood, the pose, the gesture. When he's angry, I read about why and say, "Anger has a mission and he's carrying out a duty to serve me this way." When he's caught in a soft smile, I think, "We're lucky. Because if it went right for him, it's good for all of us." Call it Democratic l it what you like. I feel it as trust.

Integrity can't be faked. Those who walk the walk end up with profiles that show it. Bernie grows better with age.
+4 # librarian1984 2018-07-14 11:07
What I love about Bernie is that he focuses like a laser on the issues. You CANNOT divert him. He also has a sense of humor and a genuine smile and laugh. He's trustworthy -- or else this is a SUPER long con!
+3 # DongiC 2018-07-14 15:39
Sanders is not a SUPER long con, librarian, but a hero for our times I pray God with all my might that he survives and achieves his Lincoln like destiny. Trump represents evil incarnate and must be stopped lest his twisted views lead us all into perdition.
Sanders and the Progressives are combining faith with focus, they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018 and 2020.

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