Bernie Sanders won the Democrat New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
This is great news for Bernie supporters but not for the Democrat party. If Bernie gets the Democrat nomination, it could doom Democrats not only in the presidential election, but in down ballot races as well.
A new poll which was released the same day as the primary, shows that a majority of Americans won’t vote for a socialist.
The Hill reports:
Majority in new poll says they would not vote for socialist: Gallup
A majority of Americans surveyed in a new poll said they would not vote for a socialist candidate for president, with the most opposition coming from Republican voters.
Asked whether they would vote for their party nominee who was a “generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be socialist,” just 45 percent said yes and 53 percent said no, according to the Gallup poll released Tuesday.
The acceptance for a socialist nominee is 2 percentage points lower in the recent poll than when Gallup asked the same question in June 2015.
Democrats are much more likely to say they would vote for a socialist, based on the new poll. Gallup found that 76 percent of Democrats said they would vote for a socialist, whereas just 17 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents said the same.
The situation could play out in the November elections, with President Trump and his allies already slamming the Democrats as socialists. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a leading candidate in the race, has also openly described himself as a democratic socialist.
Would the Democrats nominate Bernie, knowing this?
Yikes! Flagging for you Bernie.
Majority in new poll says they would not vote for socialist https://t.co/TJXW4qUcKa
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) February 11, 2020
if you poll just PA/MI/WI & ask the following question “Do you plan on voting for Democratic Socialist and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, or Republican Incumbent President Donald Trump?” you WILL 100% be shocked by the results, & realize it’s a VERY bad idea!
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) February 6, 2020
A new @GallupNews poll may have some sobering news for @BernieSanders fans, with a majority of voters saying they would not vote for a self-professed socialist in a general election.#USPolitics #Vote2020https://t.co/fWiSmX3Y84
— Down Party Lines (@DownPartyLines) February 11, 2020
The Democrats are in a real bind here. If they do nominate Sanders, they’re likely to lose. If they don’t nominate Sanders, they’re likely to lose most of his supporters.
It’s a lose lose situation.