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 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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  1. 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…

      • This was written 7 months ago. Do you not read? I have seen countless polls and Sanders is on every one. Election time??? WTF? These polls have nothing to do with the damn DNC.

  2. 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 hell!

  3. 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!

    • 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.

      • I voted Green in the last election and wish I had not because now we have 45 who is horrible. If we split the vote then the Dems CANNOT win and that means more 45 & idiot GOP so we cannot take that chance again. The Dems are trying to push Biden down our throats, but we should NOT let them get away with it this time like they did with HRC.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. I would love to see who was polled and how many people. The list includes the usual corporate suspects like Booker, but a Starbucks executive? No offense to Joe Biden, but his time has come and gone. The only names I want to see on the list are Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.

  8. Of course leaving Bernie out of the poll was intentional. The question is: How do we let this Morning Consult/Politico know we understand their subterfuge and will not accept that behavior?

  9. What? They want Creepy Joe Biden to run in the era of MeToo? Hasn’t any of these people seen those videos on You Tube of Joe being incredibly inappropriate with young girls? Eeeewwww!

  10. The Democrats are fucking up already–they had better get Bernie on board and Joe Biden is too old–They need Bernies support–Trump could win–These polls dont mean shit right now

  11. Jeb Bush was the front runner for the republicans in 2016. It’s a BS poll. Franken and Moulton would be my first picks.

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Poll Excludes Bernie Sanders from List of Potential 2020 Candidates