The DNC is in a panic. It has the weakest candidate it’s run in recent history. Polls tell us most Americans, even Democrats, think Hillary is dishonest.
So Democrats have an option, you say?
Not really, since many Bernie supporters think socialism has something to do with “social” media.
They are in trouble.
Yet pollsters keep their focus on who could beat whom in a head-to-head matchup. I am not sure that tells us very much.
I think the most potent poll would be asking about second choices.
As I write, Hillary squeaked out an Iowa victory by some questionable coin flips, and the victory was pyrrhic at best. She is poised to lose New Hampshire. The Democrats’ likely victor, Bernie Sanders the Socialist, is like a kid in a candy store riding a wave of a young voter sugar high. Not only are most of his voters unaware of the meaning of socialist (Sanders’ ideological identity) when asked, there is another illuminating question they haven’t been asked.
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When Bernie supporters, mostly under age 44, are asked who their second choice for president is, if Bernie is no longer an option, their response is insightful. The DNC likely assumes that if Bernie were out of the race, his voters would go to Hillary, or whomever the anointed option may be if Hillary ends up in prison.
But I have found an interesting pattern.
When I ask people supporting Bernie who their second choice would be, they almost always say, “Trump.”