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Sorry, Hillary, But Voters Prefer Bernie Over You

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Hillary Clinton made headlines earlier this week when she told an interviewer that no one in Congress likes Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. But their fellow Democrats – and voters in general – like Bernie more than Hillary.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 37% of Likely U.S. Voters say they like Sanders more than Clinton. Just 22% like Clinton more. Thirty-nine percent (39%) don’t care for either one of them. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Among Democratic voters, 45% like Sanders more than Clinton. Thirty-seven percent (37%) prefer Clinton, while 17% say they don’t like either one.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted January 21-22, 2020 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

For many Democrats, Bernie Sanders is the candidate who can beat Joe Biden for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. But voters are less in sync with Sanders’ avowedly socialist views than those of his potential campaign rival, President Trump.

Republicans have never particularly cared for Clinton, so perhaps it’s no surprise that Bernie edges Hillary 25% to 13% among GOP voters. But among unaffiliated voters, 40% like Sanders more than Clinton; just 13% prefer Clinton.

Even among women, Sanders (32%) is better liked than Clinton (24%).

Only among seniors does Clinton have a slight edge, but 46% of these voters don’t like either one of them.

Sanders is preferred more by whites and other minority voters. Clinton has a four-point advantage among blacks.

Clinton continues to maintain that she was robbed of the presidency in 2016, but only 42% of all voters believe America would be better off if she had been elected. Forty-eight percent (48%) disagree.

Sanders has long complained that Clinton and Democratic party insiders colluded to deny him the 2016 presidential nomination. Just 54% of Democrats – and 32% of all voters – think Clinton won the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination fairly.

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