Bernie Sanders Crushes Clinton in Latest Poll of New Hampshire Voters


Bernie Sanders campaign has long been ridiculed by the political establishment and even by some fellow progressives. Well, they can stop laughing now. The Vermont Senator’s remarkable climb in the polls has crescendoed to unprecedented heights in the latest CNN/WMUR poll that has the anti-establishment candidate defeating frontrunner Hillary Clinton 60% to 33%, a whopping 27% that has got to shock the political establishment at least as much as it shocks me, one of Sanders’ biggest supporters.

This latest New Hampshire poll, conducted before Sunday night’s debate in South Carolina, while stunning, follows a recent trend that has seen Sanders gaining on the former First Lady in Iowa, New Hampshire and nationally. The previous CNN/WMUR poll, which found Sanders ahead with 50% of the vote to Clinton’s 40%, was conducted in late November/early December. Former Secretary of State Clinton has usually enjoyed a polling bump following previous debates, but most consider the last debate the strongest performance by Sanders yet, and many, even those in the mainstream media, declaring him the winner.

While the Clinton campaign has often stressed electability as a core reason Democratic voters should nominate her, many polls have Bernie Sanders outperforming Clinton in head-to-head matchups with likely Republican nominees, especially GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. The CNN/WMUR poll shows Sanders trouncing Clinton among independent voters by 45%. Strong support from independents is likely one of the reasons he polls very favorably when matched up against Donald Trump. CNN reports:

Those undeclared voters are critical to Sanders’ support: 70% in the new poll say they plan to vote for him, 25% Clinton. Among registered Democrats, it’s 50% Sanders to 41% Clinton. Still, that represents an increase for Sanders among registered Democrats. The December poll found him trailing Clinton, 47% to 40%, among that group.


Sanders also has astonishingly high favorability ratings among those likely to vote in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, and is broadly seen as the candidate with the “personal characteristics and qualities that you think a president should have.”

Overall, 91% say they have a favorable view of Sanders, while just 2% have an unfavorable opinion. That’s improved since December, when 83% had a positive take on the neighboring state’s senator. Almost 6-in-10 say they see Sanders as the more presidential candidate in the field, compared to 33% for Clinton.

It certainly appears that the political establishment has underestimated the progressive base of the Democratic Party. American voters aren’t just sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s damn emails, they are tired of politics as usual. Bernie Sanders is merely the vessel for voters that have been hungry for political change, but he is a political figure that has long been on the right side of major political battles, such as civil rights and matters of war and peace.

Today, when Bernie Sanders discusses our rigged economic and political systems, and the fact that climate change is an existential threat that must be tackled head on, millions and millions of people, beyond just the usual liberal base, are flocking to his campaign. Many American voters are realizing that the time is now for a unique candidate that is more than just a politician, but someone helping lead a political revolution to fundamentally change a system controlled by the 1%. The revolution may not be televised, but it might be hastagged: #FeelTheBern.

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Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.