Poll Excludes Bernie Sanders from List of Potential 2020 Candidates

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A new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll was conducted to determine which possible contenders for the 2020 presidential Democratic nomination were viewed favorably by Democrats. The survey asked about 19 what it called “possible contenders to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.” The list surprisingly didn’t include 2016 runner-up Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders didn’t deny the possibility of running again in 2020 but called such questions “too early to talk about.” According to Politico, Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s 2016 campaign manager stated that “the door is wide open.”

Polls have shown that Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the United States. Sanders polls higher than Joe Biden and is viewed favorably by 80 percent of Democrats. However, news organizations have reported that Joe Biden is the top Democratic favorite as a result of this survey.

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Morning Consult included many names which it recognizes are “unknown by Democratic voters nationwide,” such as Disney CEO Bob Iger or Starbucks Executive Howard Schultz. The list also didn’t include Martin O’Malley or any of the other Democratic candidates from the 2016 presidential election.

It’s unclear at this point if the exclusion of Bernie Sanders was intentional. Morning Consult, which states that it is “committed to keeping the country’s leaders informed,” has not responded to our request for comment.

Written by Salam Morcos

Salam Morcos

Salam Morcos is a Managing Editor of Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

Political activist for democracy, social justice, racial justice, women's right and human rights.

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Adrienne Brietzke

Such bullshit. “Lies, damn lies, and political polls.” We know it’s bogus. Probably paid for by the Dem party. It’s LOGIC. He’s THE most popular politician in the US – by WAY more than any other. So more fake news…

john kennedy

Hopefully Bernie doesn’t run as a dem in 2020, but instead at the head f a new 2nd party that will actually represent voters. The dems have made it quite clear that they ut donor interests first. they are allready a loser third party, let’s make it official and ditch that boat anchor for good!

Lois Ross

I think you’re right about this. We DO NEED another party — a progressive one that pays attention to what ordinary people need. Biden is so “old-school” and part of the deep D.C. political machine. NO progressives will vote for him, and NO democrats should promote or support his candidacy.

Hans Alexander Razo

Have you heard of the Green Party?

Gary Rudolph
Nonsense! Sanders is the most popular and best candidate to represent the working class (which has never happened in our entire history as a nation). News agencies can’t select candidates through phony polls to influence elections. If they try, what will happen is a second term for Trump (or some Trump associate/family member) and certain dissolution of the American system of government Go ahead, try and jim-jam the elections process again with your phony “Russian Hack” ploy. It didn’t work this time and won’t work next time. CNN, WSJ, NYT, WP, and other “fake news” producers, et. al., go to… Read more »
Cicero Benn

Ridiculous – Sanders is the most popular politician in the nation and he was deliberately excluded – that makes this a fake poll. Trump would bury Biden. This poll must have been engineered by Trump or his Democratic operatives – because they would love to run against Biden and hate to face Bernie.

Bobbi Smythe


Bernie 2020!

Lois Ross

If Joe Biden is nominated, I will do everything in my power to make sure he is not elected. How can the Dems even consider him as viable? He is even more old-school establishment than HRC. We must stop this ridiculous idea now!!


Sanders is not a democrat. But if he was on that list he would have polled way better then biden.

William Fusfield

No Bernie Sanders Option = BOYCOTT PROGRESSIVE ARMY!!

William Fusfield

Oops!! That should have read: No Bernie Sanders Option = Boycott Morning Consult/Politico!!

[But now, alas, I have no idea how to delete my first comment!!]


Both major parties are corporate! Neither party wants a true progressive ! We now live in an oligarchy !


I’m a Bern fan, but this IS a poll of Dems. Bernie’s not a Dem. I agree their poll SHOULD have included Independents, but it didn’t.


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