Weekend At Bernie's Over? New Polls Show Declining Support For Sanders
With so many Democrats entering the race for the Presidency in 2020, many lose support very quickly.
This time Bernie Sanders is already losing support from his followers.
According to CNN,
Our new CNN poll puts Sanders favorable rating at 46% compared to an unfavorable rating of 45% among registered voters. This is only the latest poll to have Sanders at basically even in his net favorability rating (favorable-unfavorable). A Quinnipiac University poll from late December gave the Vermont senator a net favorability of just +2 points. An average of all recent polls put Sanders' net favorability at about -1 points.
Compare that to where Sanders was at the end of his 2016 presidential bid. Sanders had a 59% favorable rating to 36% unfavorable rating among all voters in a CNN poll taken in June 2016.
Sanders was able to hold onto much of his popularity through last year. A CNN poll taken in early December 2018 gave him a +13 net favorability rating with all voters. A Gallup poll in September 2018 had him at a +15 net favorability rating with all adults.
So why have his numbers dropped already?
It seems that he's not being considered as an actual threat to the rest of the competition in the Democratic party. No one is going after him and therefore he's basically out of sight, out of mind.
With people like Beto O'Rourke announcing his pursuit of the office and Joe Biden who is very likely to announce that he will be running soon, Democrats are leaning more toward someone like these two candidates. However, I will say that Beto will be VERY short lived. This is his 15 minutes of fame and his true colors will show soon. Joe Biden will be highly favored when he makes his announcement, but I think scandal will follow him very closely.
This is going to be such an entertaining political season and I look forward to the Democrats blasting each other.