Things are bad for the Democrats. And they just got worse.
According to ABC, 15 percent of the Bernie Sanders supporters say they will vote for Trump.
If this poll is accurate, 15 percent of Sanders voters represents a slightly larger defection than occurred after the bitter battle between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016. In that election, 12 percent of Sanders voters broke for Trump in the general election.
I spoke about this on my radio show, where I declared Trump has upped his voter count in every special interest category: blacks, Latinos, Millennials, and women, to name a few.
I said this with the understanding that in the spring of 2016, an ABC News poll found 20 percent of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump over Clinton. However, only 12 percent committed, according to exit polling.
That won’t be the case this year.
Back to the 15 percent who will support Trump. That number constitutes 6% percent of Democrats and voters who lean Democratic, according to ABC News. Trump won 8% of Democrats in 2016.
But things are far worse as Newsweek explains:
Democratic supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders are less likely than the average member of their party to commit to backing Joe Biden in a match-up against President Donald Trump should the former vice president clinch the nomination, a new poll showed.
While 90 percent of Democrats would commit themselves to support Biden in a head-to-head match-up against Trump, 82 percent of Sanders supporters would do the same, the survey from Morning Consult found.
The survey, conducted from March 11 to 15, also showed that this represents a notable improvement in Democratic Party solidarity since the 2016 elections. This year, Morning Consult found just 7 percent of Sanders voters would support Trump over Biden. This is down from a 12-percent share of his supporters in 2016 who backed Trump over Hillary Clinton, according to the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.
So from March 15 to now, Trump has added 8 percent of the Sanders supporters to his vote count.
As for Biden, his numbers dropped from 82 percent to 80 percent.
Frankly, I call BS on the 80 percent support of Biden from Sanders supporters. The two candidates are too far apart. But the Sanders’ voters support of Trump is in line with those who share Trump’s ideology of draining the DC swamp.
I suspect Biden gets closer to 70 percent of the Sanders support versus 80 percent. But what’s worse for the Democrats is the prospect that many of these Sanders supporters simply won’t vote.
It’s the enthusiasm, Stupid!
Creepy Joe Biden motivates nobody. Even the most ardent Democrats must truthfully admit that Biden pales in comparison to Trump. Especially when it comes to rock solid support of the base.
As ABC reported, Trump has a massive enthusiasm advantage over Biden:
Former Vice President Joe Biden has emerged as Democrats’ top choice for the presidential nomination in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, but with only bare majority support within his party and a massive enthusiasm gap in a November matchup against President Donald Trump.
Indeed, strong enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters – at just 24% – is the lowest on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years of ABC/Post polls. More than twice as many of Trump’s supporters are highly enthusiastic about supporting him, 53%.
The lowest enthusiasm gap on record. As Biden might say, “C’mon man!”.
Trump has 95 percent approval with Republicans. If anybody believes the enthusiasm gap between Trump and Biden is only 24 percent, you are as demented as Joe Biden.