Liberals Rally Around Bernie Sanders And Power Him To The Lead In Iowa

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A surge of support from very liberal Democrats has allowed Bernie Sanders to wipe out Hillary Clinton’s 19 point lead and give the Senator from Vermont a 41%-40% advantage in Iowa.

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll:

In a come-from-behind rally, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the choice of 41 percent of Iowa likely Democratic Caucus participants, with 40 percent picking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and 12 percent backing Vice President Joseph Biden, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to results of a July 2 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University showing Clinton at 52 percent, with 33 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Biden.

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There is a wide gender gap among Democrats today as Sanders leads Clinton 49 – 28 percent among men, with 16 percent for Biden, while Clinton leads Sanders 49 – 35 percent among women, with 9 percent for Biden.

The Sanders Iowa surge is powered by caucusgoers who describe themselves as very liberal. Among those who are most to the left, 59% support Sen. Sanders. Clinton is strongest with Democrats who consider themselves somewhat liberal (45%), and conservative Democrats (44%).

The problem that Hillary Clinton is facing is that the Democratic primary electorate in Iowa is more to the left than she is perceived to be. Nationally Clinton is out-performing Sanders with Hispanics and African-Americans. Demographics are working against Clinton in the 90% plus white states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sanders is rolling in the two early voting states, but the question is, will the support for Bernie Sanders broaden to include the diverse electorate has powered Democrats to victory in 2008 and 2016? Democrats win general elections based on a coalition of women, Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans.

These are the voters that Bernie Sanders needs to be leading with if he wants to win the Democratic nomination and become the next President Of The United States.

What Sen. Sanders is accomplishing is incredible, but the movement has to diversify if wants to capture the biggest prize of all.

32 Replies to “Liberals Rally Around Bernie Sanders And Power Him To The Lead In Iowa”

  1. Just as Trump has garnered support by saying what the far right wants to hear, so is Sanders saying exactly what the far left wants. It’s not surprising that Bernie has pulled ahead, then. Besides, there are just enough folks who claim they don’t want another Bush, nor another Clinton, to make these two frontrunners appeal to just enough voters on either side.

    But I think their staying power is limited, if American history is anything to go by. After the pendulum has swung far enough in either direction, it usually returns to the middle….

  2. My hope is that the Sanders campaign is smart enough to realize this situation and then do something about addressing the purported lack of support from minorities.

    It’s not enough to just say that Bernie has been supportive in the past, he has to get out there and meet with minority groups, “LISTEN” to them a la HRC and explain how and how long he has had their best interests at heart.

    Go Bernie -2016

  3. Sanders don’t give a damn about listening because if he did he wouldn’t be traveling with Cornell West

  4. Exactly!

    And he would’ve handled the apology letter sent by his minority outreach director to #BlackLivesMatter a whole heckuva lot better. He wouldn’t have denied apologizing, for one.

    Cornell West + Denying the apology letter = no African American support for him!

  5. I’m genuinely happy for him and for his supporters. This is their day in the sun.

    Should he win both Iowa and New Hampshire, those will be the crowning wins of his campaign, because then comes South Carolina and Nevada…

  6. The difference between what Trump is saying and what Senator Sanders is saying is that Senator Sanders has been pushing the policies he’s been talking about for most of his political career. What Trump is saying is just dog whistles for the Republican base and doesn’t necessarilymean he actually believes in it.

  7. I would personally be happy with a Secretary Clinton or Senator Sanders win. I will not be voting in the primary since I’m an Independent and there is no open primary in Pennsylvania. I would not be able to stomach any of the Republican candidates.

  8. I don’t disagree with you there, Rick. The problem is that the majority of Americans (and yes, we Canucks too) are not inclined to extremism, and while Trump is so over the top in trying to get the ignorant lowlifes to agree with him, you Americans have been so indoctrinated by the “devil socialism” that Bernie’s message is also way over the top for many. Those who care about the wellbeing of their fellow human beings (and it seems there are too few of them) can support his message with no qualms. Most, sadly, cannot. Their fears have taken deep root.

  9. I consider myself a progressive; used to call myself liberal and in some ways I am. But I see value in compromise and listening to what the real needs of Americans are. Hillary has demonstrated this over and over. Willingness to listen, but strong in her convictions. The longer I listen to Bernie, the more I am reminded of my younger self – the far-left, almost socialist self. We couldn’t get much done. We lost in 1968. We lost with George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Mike Dukakis. It is my hope, that progressives will prevail and we will win with Hillary Clinton.

  10. Again and again I will say; not a single ballot has been cast in any election for the 2016 cycle and they won’t be cast for months. These early polls mean nothing, the only poll that really matters happens Nov 2016.

    They put these polls up so they can get the dems and progressives to tear each other to shreds like the repubs are doing. We need party unity!

    2016 will decide who controls the supreme court after a couple of those justices retire. A dem appoints their replacements and the people win. A repub appoints and the Kochs win. The biggest prize of Nov 2016 is the supreme court!

    So work for your local pols, volunteer and give them a few bucks if you can. The statehouses are just as important as the house, senate, and the Whitehouse.

    Voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc. Dems have to remember that in spite of what the polls say NOBODY HAS WON ANYTHING YET! The Nov 2016 election is 14 months away!

  11. The idea that we have a consistent right and left to be swinging between is problematic. The liberal and conservative wings of the United States are almost always moving, and on the current global scale Bernie is pushing very centrist ideas.

  12. Senator Sanders’ surging numbers don’t sound the death knell for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Down in my area of Georgia, you say “Bernie Sanders” and all you hear in response are cricket chirps.

    Sanders only has about five months to breach the Southern wall. Can he connect with Democrats in the south?

    He’s fairly unknown. His socialist label plays poorly. “Christians” down here are mildly to rabidly anti-Semitic (you can’t convince them there’s no religious test for public office). And the base that turned it out for Barack Obama in 2008? Well, they’re waiting for Hillary Clinton.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries,_2008

  13. I would suggest that you read up on both candidates. Hillary SEEMS like a progressive…but the reality is that she STILL will not say anything one way or the other about TPP (you KNOW she supports it, her husband signed NAFTA into law)…her biggest donors are Wall Street Banks, so despite what she is SAYING, you know that she isn’t going to bite the hand that feeds her if she wins.

    Bernie is really the ONLY choice if you want a change from the status quo that favors the 1%! He isn’t taking SuperPAC money, he isn’t taking money from special interests…and he has been fighting for the American middle class his ENTIRE career!

    Also, don’t sit on the sidelines for the primary. It’s easy enough to register as a Democrat in time to vote in the primaries (which is HUGELY important this time around!). You can always re-register as an independent later if you feel the need!

  14. Bernie is not an extremist. It’s only in the context of how America has been run the past 50 years that make it SEEM extreme! This is COMMON SENSE that the govt needs to work FOR the people and be BY the people! For far too long, the corporations and the richest individuals have had control…time to take the nation back!

  15. It’s quite a little horse race.

    Senator Sanders’ surging numbers don’t sound the death knell for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Down in my area of Georgia, you say “Bernie Sanders” and all you hear in response are cricket chirps.

    Sanders only has about five months to breach the Southern wall. Can he connect with Democrats in the south?

    He’s fairly unknown. His socialist label plays poorly. “Christians” down here are mildly to rabidly anti-Semitic (you can’t convince them there’s no religious test for public office). And the base that turned it out for Barack Obama in 2008? Well, they’re waiting for Hillary Clinton.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries,_2008

  16. …Bill Clinton himself admitted NAFTA etc. were mistakes…and I don’t think Hillary will follow mistakes; if she makes mistakes, they’ll be HER mistakes…lol

  17. Bernie Sanders Shocks Media Critics! Hillary Clinton Behind in Iowa and New Hampshire!

    Bernie Sanders now leads Hillary Clinton in Iowa 41% to 40% and is also leading in New Hampshire, according to Quinnipiac. Sanders’ campaign is only four months old and his phenomenally fast rise is because his message is so compelling. Obviously, corporate-owned media is determined to hide Bernie Sanders in the closet for as long as they can because his compassionate worldview puts their money interests at risk. If all Americans became as outraged about poverty and inequality as Sanders, we would have a political revolution similar to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s! See for yourself why Bernie Sanders is a political rock star!

    Bernie Sanders Talks About Democratic Socialism on YouTube:
    https://youtu.be/SsDSbgEZswY

  18. Iowa, June 1st 2015:

    Clinton 57%, Sanders 16%
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    Iowa, September 10th 2015:

    Clinton 40%, Sanders 41%
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    This seems worthy of comment, but….
    I just don’t know what that comment is yet.

  19. I’m laughing because two weeks ago you were saying Iowa was out of reach when he was down 34 points.

    It is September. 5 months before the first primary.

  20. That’s why a Clinton/Sanders Ticket would absolutely be Unstoppable!

    Clinton might say: I will focus on our Major Transnational Issues…While Bernie, with his passion and love for America, will modernize/rejuvenate our inadequate Domestic Issues.

    Voters would be captivated by a Strong Team With Diverse and Positive Plans!

  21. Iowa and New Hampshire are always won by the goofballs who disappear thereafter. Remember Tsongas?

    America will not elect a Socialist to the White House. 8% of Democrats think Sanders can win.

    It’s a fool’s folly. Sanders is not going to be President of the United States. Hillary Clinton is.

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