Bernie Sanders Ahead of Trump in These Key States, New Poll Shows
Internal poll from Sanders' 2020 campaign shows socialist beating president in 3 states
2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders' campaign has released an internal poll that shows the Vermont senator beating President Donald Trump in three key states.
According to socialist Sanders, polling shows him leading President Trump in hypothetical matchups in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
The internal data released to the press by Bernie's team shows Sanders is up by 11 points in Michigan, ten in Wisconsin and leading in Pennsylvania by eight points.
The poll did not include a scenario in which a third-party candidate like former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is also on the ballot, nor did it measure Democratic candidates against the president in head-to-head matchups.
Ben Tulchin, Sanders' pollster, argues that the results still indicate that Sen. Sanders is in a uniquely strong position to challenge Trump.
"I don’t think it’s any generic Democrat fits the mold here,” he told NBC News.
“Trump is vulnerable here, but it has to be for the right kind of Democrat who has real strengths and can win these three states.”
"I don’t think any other candidate is as well positioned as Bernie is in these three states.”
Some data points the campaign highlighted include that, across all three states, a majority of voters support Medicare for All — a platform that's becoming increasingly popular among Democratic presidential candidates.
According to NBC News, the three states were key to Trump's 2016 victory.
Before Trump’s success there, the last time a Republican presidential candidate had won any of those states was 1988.
Sanders' allies believe his message on economic equality helps him connect to the kinds of blue-collar voters that Democrats lost in 2016.
Earlier this month, the senator went on a four-day road trip through the Midwest, highlighting his general-election focus on the region.
But while Sanders also says that his identification as a democratic socialist is far more about an embrace of those policies, other polls show that socialism isn't popular with the electorate.
February's NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that only 18 percent of Americans view socialism positively, while 50 percent view it negatively.
And being a socialist was one of the least desirable characteristics for presidential hopefuls.
Tulchin brushed aside the idea that the socialism push could damage Sanders in a general election, arguing it has "no significant impact at all."
"Bernie is popular enough and strong enough to withstand that attack," he said.
Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders stirred up a controversy by touting his push for criminals convicted of horrific crimes to be allowed to vote from prison.
In a CNN town hall on Monday, Sanders endorsed voting rights for all convicted U.S. citizens — regardless of their crime.
“So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of jail, they certainly should have the right to vote,” Sanders said.
“But, I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
According to Breitbart, Sanders’ recent endorsement of giving voting rights to all American citizens who are currently in prison for local, state, and federal crimes would allow some 183,000 convicted murderers and 164,000 convicted rapists to vote from their jail cells.
The latest data compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative concludes that there are more than 1.6 million convicted criminals in local, state, and federal prisons across the country.
This includes about 183,000 convicted murderers and 164,000 convicted rapists.
Not all 1.6 million convicted criminals in local, state, and federal custody are American citizens, though.
State and local prisons have yet to collect data deciphering between the citizen versus noncitizen populations of their prison populations.
Federal data concludes that noncitizens make up about 25 percent of the federal prison population.
Should this be true of local and state prisons, as well, this would mean that about 1.2 million convicted criminals in prison today could be eligible to vote from their cells under Sanders’ plan — including anywhere between 137,000 and 183,000 convicted murderers and potentially between 123,000 to 164,000 convicted rapists.
Similarly, the Sanders plan would potentially allow anywhere between 14,250 and 19,000 citizens convicted of manslaughter to vote from their cells, as well as up to 154,000 convicted assailants.
Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, as Breitbart News has reported, organizations funded by billionaire George Soros are working to restore the voting rights of about 1.4 million felons in Florida after the state approved the measure last year.