In the aftermath of the South Carolina Democratic debate that Mediaite is calling a “fiasco,” an unscientific Drudge poll says Sen. Bernie Sanders won the donnybrook as the state primary looms while a Clemson University survey shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a comfortable lead in the state.
A new Rasmussen survey, meanwhile, suggests Sanders could get trounced by President Donald Trump in November if he is the Democrat nominee, a situation some mainstream Democrats reportedly are dreading. As noted by Rasmussen, “Senior Democrats including many of Sanders’ opponents for the presidential nomination argue that his socialist views are too radical for a general election.”
The Drudge poll shows Sanders leading with 29 percent support among respondents, while billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trailing at 17 percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar nipping at his heels, with 16 percent support. Biden comes in at an embarrassing 12 percent, but he’s ahead of Pete Buttigieg and billionaire Tom Steyer, tied with 10 percent support, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren bringing up the rear with 5 percent.
But according to The Hill, a new Clemson poll shows Biden with 35 percent support, well ahead of Steyer’s second-place position at 17 percent. Sanders comes in third with 13 percent, and a tie between Warren and Buttigieg with 8 percent each. Klobuchar is way behind at 4 percent, and Bloomberg is not in this race, concentrating his effort and money on next week’s “Super Tuesday” vote. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is barely visible with only 2 percent support in South Carolina, the Clemson poll revealed.
Mediaite is posting a series of tweets from various observers, all of which boil down to saying the CBS debate was a train wreck. There was no control by the moderators and no discipline among the Democrats, with participants constantly talking over one another and going well beyond their allotted time for answers.
South Carolina is supposed to be Biden’s “firewall” and if he doesn’t pull of a victory, he could be in trouble, and so could mainstream Democrats. Sanders continues to surge with what amounts to a giveaway agenda that appeals to millennials but not so much to older, mainstream moderates.
According to the Rasmussen survey, Sanders is running at 43 percent popularity right now among poll respondents, with seven percent undecided. However, “Sanders captures 75% of Democrats, but nearly one-in-four Democratic voters (22%) opt for Trump instead,” Rasmussen said.
Trump, meanwhile, holds 84 percent of the Republican vote and 49 percent of the Independent vote, according to Rasmussen.
Polling this far out from the election may be interesting to some, but November is still months away, and that’s an eternity in politics. Democrats don’t gather for their convention until July, and Republicans won’t convene until August. Political sands could shift dramatically, and that could happen starting with “Super Tuesday” and a second multi-state primary the following week (March 10).
Right now, Sanders has establishment Democrats worried. If the Rasmussen survey is right, and nearly one-fourth of Democrats may vote for Trump if Sanders is their party’s nominee it could translate into a debacle for the party in November. Not only would they see Trump re-elected, they could also see the House flipped back to a GOP majority and Republicans would retain the Senate, allowing the president to continue filling federal court vacancies with conservative, pro-Second Amendment judges and perhaps even one more conservative justice on the Supreme Court.
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