A new poll has found that Senator Bernie Sanders takes a strong lead against Donald Trump when going head to head in a general election, stronger than even the Democratic front runner, Hillary Clinton.
The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, which was released on Tuesday, found that in a general election match up against the Republican front runner, Sanders would take a 13 point lead — with 51% of the votes to Trump’s 38%.
Interestingly, Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton would also beat Trump, but by a much smaller margin than Sanders. The former first lady won in the poll with 47% of votes to Trump’s 40%. Sanders’ upset would nearly double what Clinton is projected to be able to pull off.
Another interesting tidbit is the fact that more than a third of those polled stated that they will be “embarrassed” if Clinton were to win the presidency. A prior poll has shown that 61% of voters find Hillary Clinton “not honest and trustworthy.”
“It is profoundly important and revealing that Sanders would defeat Trump by such a huge margin — 13 points in this poll — that analysts would be talking about a national political realignment and new progressive era in American history if an enlightened candidate such as Sanders would defeat a retrograde race-baiting candidate such as Trump by a potentially epic and historic margin,” Brent Budowsky wrote for the Hill.
Trump currently leads the race among the GOP by 28% nationwide, but Senator Ted Cruz is rapidly catching up with 24% — which is within the 4.4% margin of error.
While Clinton appears to have the ability to pull off a win against Trump, Sanders would take the win for the Democrats with a massive landslide. This is very important, especially when considering the near-blackout that Sanders has been receiving from corporate media. It has also been repeated over and over since the start of the campaign that Sanders is “unelectable,” and that he would never win against the GOP after describing himself as a Democratic Socialist, this poll seemingly disproves that theory.
The fact of the matter is, nearly all Clinton supporters will back whoever the Democratic nominee will be, but you cannot win the general election without the much more selective, angry, and fed up progressives who are ready to declare “Bernie or Bust.” Many simply will not settle for another establishment candidate with hawkish national security policies being spoon fed to them.
Clinton had a wide lead over Obama back in December, 2007 — with Gallup running the headline ‘Clinton Maintains Large Lead Over Obama Nationally’, the numbers at the time were very similar to what we are seeing in the current race between her and Sanders.
Like Sanders, Obama was repeatedly called “unelectable” in the polls, and the media initially favored Clinton as a shoe in.
We all know how that race turned out.
What this poll tells us is that the DNC may be backing the wrong horse — if they are serious about wanting to win the White House. It is time for the media and Democratic voters to begin taking the Vermont senator seriously.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,140 registered voters nationwide on landline and cell phone calls from Dec. 16 to 20. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for the overall sample. It is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points for the 508 Republicans surveyed and plus or minus 4.6 percentage points for the 462 Democrats.