According to a Zogby Analytics poll released on September 12, former presidential candidate and fantasyland socialist Bernie Sanders would dominate the field if the 2020 Democratic presidential primary were held today. The survey, which polled an admittedly small number of likely voters (834), showed that Democrats, particularly millennials and women, are still very much “Feeling The Bern.”
Of the respondents, 28% chose the millionaire socialist Sanders as their preferred candidate. Joe Biden, who came in second behind Sanders, finished with only 17%, while intersectional favorite, Kamala Harris, earned a measly 6%.
Perhaps most amusingly, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who completely botched the response to last month’s Charlottesville rally and then had the gall to congratulate himself on television at every opportunity, finished with 1% of polled votes. It seems Americans are less than thrilled with his “uncontrolled chaos, let them fight” approach.
Zogby’s survey confirms quite a bit about the growing schism within the Democratic movement. That the top two potential candidates come from such differing camps within the party is a very good thing for Republicans. Biden, in receiving 17% of the vote, and doing particularly well among African-Americans and individuals aged 50 or older, is an establishment dinosaur, having literally spent his entire adult life as part of our governing elite. Sanders, a unicorn-and-rainbows socialist, seeks to tear down the establishment and replace it with … well, I’m not sure he even knows what he’s trying to replace it with. Free stuff for everyone? Regardless, he’s fighting “the man.”
The split in vote shows that the Democratic Party is unsure of its path forward. Do they go full socialist with Bernie, mostly socialist with Elizabeth Warren (who received 12% of the vote), or do they continue to try appealing to left leaning “moderates” with Biden? They have no idea how to answer that question.
The poll notes that Elizabeth Warren did relatively well in the subset of older voters, but failed to capture a majority of votes from women. In that subset, which she would need to secure the nomination, she came in well behind Sanders. Unfortunately, while the survey did delve into certain racial subsets to extrapolate data, there is no mention of how Warren (aka Fauxcahontas) would fare with the Native American population.
Perhaps the worst news of all for Democrats, besides Mark Zuckerberg managing to secure 7% of the polled votes, is that 23% of respondents told Zogby that they “didn’t know” who they would vote for. This is a direct result of poor leadership within the Democratic Party. They have no message and no leaders that aren’t old, rich, and very white. As media personality Chris Plante often says, “if it weren’t for double standards, Democrats would have no standards at all.” That’s very good news for 2018 and 2020.