Bernie Sanders may be second in the Democratic primary, but he is number one regarding Senate popularity. For the second year in a row, Sen. Sanders has been voted the most popular Senator in the United States.
Morning Consult surveyed 62,000 people across all 50 states to find out how they felt about their Senators. The winner with an 80% approval rating among Vermont residents was Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was second with a 79% approval ratings. Sanders actually saw his approval rating in Vermont dip by three points from his 2015 high of 83%, but back to back wins in 2015 and 2016 prove that the Senator’s popularity is no fluke.
Here is the entire top 10 list of most popular Senators from Morning Consult:
1) Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
2) Susan Collins (R-Maine)
3) John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
4) Angus King (I-Maine)
5) Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
6) Thomas Carper (D-Del.)
7) Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
8) John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
9) Al Franken (D-Minn.)
10) Chris Coons (D-Del.)
There is a common trend in the top 10. Small state Senators are more popular than large state Senators. This could be because residents of smaller states have more individual contact with their Senators than those who live in more populous states.
Bernie Sanders is not going to win the Democratic nomination, but his presidential campaign has been nothing but a raging success. He has taken his popularity in Vermont national. Bernie Sanders is the most powerful figure on the left not named Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. The political revolution is not over for Sanders his supporters.
The most popular Senator in the United States now has a national movement of millions behind him who are fighting to transform America.