A new poll found that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been voted the most popular senator in the United States.
A Morning Consult poll of 75,000 voters in all 50 states found that Sanders has the highest approval rating with his constituents of any senator in the country. Sanders has an 83% approval rating in Vermont. The second most popular senator was moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine (78%). Third was John Barasso of Wyoming (73%), and fourth was Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont (71%).
The pollsters pointed out that senators from smaller states tend to have higher approval ratings, “Members from smaller states tend to have higher approval ratings: All 14 senators from states with just three electoral votes sport approval ratings north of 50 percent, and seven have approval ratings higher than 60 percent.”
A 2011 PPP poll found that Sanders was the country’s third most popular senator with a 67% approval rating. In the years since, Sanders has become even more beloved by voters in Vermont.
The popularity of Bernie Sanders is no fluke. Sen. Sanders has been popular for years. The only reason he flew under the radar until he ran for president was the bias within the corporate press that causes them to ignore popular liberals and progressives. The media has been conditioned to reject liberals by decades of conservative badgering about media bias.
The presidential campaign has helped Bernie Sanders go mainstream, but he was already hugely popular. His run for president is helping Sanders become one of the most powerful figures on the left, and definitely the country’s top grassroots leader.
Whether or not Sen. Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, his campaign has been good for the Democratic Party, liberalism, and has given voice to millions of ordinary Americans who are trampled and ignored in our current political system.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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