A new poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for the Guardian, reveals that nearly six times as many Bernie Sanders supporters will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump come the November election.
The results of this survey are great news for the Democratic party, which has been working to unite after the last series of primary elections on June 7, while the Republican party seems to be coming undone, with some refusing to endorse Trump and others rescinding their endorsements.
The survey also revealed some important information about the importance of the Democratic party uniting behind Hillary Clinton in order to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. Based on the results, if Bernie Sanders were to stay in the presidential race, presumably by running as an independent candidate, Donald Trump would beat Clinton by three percentage points and become the president of the United States.
When Sanders and Clinton both remain in the race, liberal votes are split, giving neither candidate an advantage. The results of this four-way choice between Trump, Clinton, Sanders, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, Trump receives 35% of the vote, Clinton receives 32%, Sanders receives 18%, and Johnson receives 4%.
When those taking the survey were given the choice between Trump, Clinton, Johnson, and Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, the results were as follows: Clinton 39%, Trump 36%, Johnson 6%, and Stein 4%. 5 percent of those surveyed said that would “stay home and not vote” were this the option of candidates they were given.
Although there are some who have said they will not vote at all if Sanders is not the Democratic candidate, and others who have said they will give Trump their vote instead, the survey reveals that more are willing to get behind Clinton.
The survey results also reveal that, as Sanders voters shift their support to Clinton, Clinton does better with the youth vote than she has previously. With Sanders off the ballot, Clinton wins the youngest voters by 14 points.
Clinton is also predicted to win many more states with Sanders not on the ballot. With him as an option, Clinton only carries the Western United States. When Sanders in not a choice, though, Clinton carries the Northeast and Midwest in addition to the West.
Recently, in Washington, D.C., Bernie Sanders vowed to support Hillary Clinton. “I look forward to meeting with (Clinton) in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%,” he told reporters.
Cenk Uygar of The Young Turks breaks down Sanders statement below:
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