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Nearly Half Of Sanders Supporters Say They’ll Refuse To Support Clinton In The General Election

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Nearly Half Of Sanders Supporters Say They’ll Refuse To Support Clinton In The General Election

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk before the start of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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Despite attempts by establishment Democrats to unify the party ahead of the general election, an astonishing poll out today by Bloomberg Politics shows almost half of Bernie Sanders supporters say they would not support Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Fifty-five percent of voters who supported Sanders in the primary say they’ll vote for the former Secretary of State, while over a fifth—22 percent—of Sanders supporters claim they will cast their ballot for Republican nominee Donald Trump. Eighteen percent say they plan to vote for the Libertarian choice, Gary Johnson.

This poll comes two weeks after Clinton became the presumptive nominee. Sanders, who promised to “support” Clinton and vowed to “do everything in my power” to defeat Trump,” has yet to endorse the former Secretary of State. He has previously said it’s “incumbent” upon Clinton to make the case to his millions of supporters, “who do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics,” and who may view Clinton’s Wall Street donors as a serious liability.

Indeed, of the dozen people interviewed by Bloomberg Politics in conjunction with the poll, many cited their perception of Clinton’s hawkish pragmatism and corporate ties as the main reasons they refuse to support the candidate. Some insist nothing could change their minds.

“There’s zero percent chance that Hillary Clinton could ever get my vote,” Baltimore resident Perry Mitchell told Bloomberg. “She’s a corporate candidate. I don’t vote for corporate candidates. I don’t do the lesser of two evils.”

But other voters, including 27-year-old Sanders supporter Albert Arevalo, recognize the alternative to Clinton is unacceptable.

“A true Bernie fan would be stupid to not vote for a Democrat,” Arevalo said. “By being ignorant and not voting you are electing a racist troll.”

It’s possible that a Sanders endorsement of Clinton would sway some voters, though the Bloomberg Politics poll shows only 5 percent of Sanders voters say they would vote for the presumptive nominee even if he endorses her. And some die-hard Sanders supporters like Ethan Winnett, 31, say endorsing Clinton would be “a betrayal of all his principles.”

“She’s become everything that we’re against,” Winnett told the New York Times, adding “if we get Trump, then we’ve gotten the country we deserve.”

“It’s not the fault of the Bernie Sanders supporters,” Winnett claimed. “It’s the fault of the Democrats for choosing Hillary Clinton.”

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talk before the start of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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13 Comments

  1. paulyz June 23, 2016

    Quite a blow for Hillary, but supporters of Bernie have something in common with Trump supporters, they are completely disgusted with non-representative government, the Party deciding who will be the nominee!

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    1. Insinnergy June 23, 2016

      That’s actually true.
      However you forgot that the other things they have in common with Trump supporters:
      – Less than a 6th grader’s grasp of politics
      – A penchant for fantastical solutions
      – A rigid adherence to a purist ideology even when it’s obvious it’s going to destroy their goals.

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      1. Siegfried Heydrich June 23, 2016

        And an addiction to conspiracy theories which are behind EVERYTHING.

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      2. FireBaron June 24, 2016

        Sad, but true, Insin. They all act like spoiled brats who didn’t bother to read the instructions, then complain when they were told it didn’t work the way they wanted.

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      3. cthetruth June 24, 2016

        I like you insinnergy because you have a functioning brain!

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      4. paulyz June 24, 2016

        A Bernie & Trump hater I see.

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        1. Insinnergy June 27, 2016

          Your level of stupidity does not deserve a thoughtful reply.

          Reply
  2. Insinnergy June 23, 2016

    Oh the sad little delicate snowflakes.

    Just remember Bernie Supporters: If you Vote for Trump in protest, or don’t vote at all… and the orange-faced human Caps-lock key gets into power…. then it’s directly and unequivocally your fault and you deserve everything that happens next.

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  3. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 24, 2016

    this is just Bernie being a child like DONNY DUMP a SORE LOSER when hill was losing to Obama back in the day she was way closer in votes then Bernie is like Hillary feet away and Bernie miles away . she still did the right thing for the DEM party and told all to cast their votes for Obama (the right thing to do for the party ) as he has stated so loud that he dosent want DONNY DUMP to be in the white house . well what this as DONNY DUMP says crazy Bernie is doing now because he is a poor loser he is helping DONNY DUMP . ill say if Donny dump was to win he would have to thank Bernie for it would be him that pushed him over the line to the DUMPSTER to the white house . he should already been doing what Hillary did with Obama supporting him as he should be doing for her . Bernie looks and is acting like a grumpy old man . not caring about nothing else but what like DONNY DUMP always dose cares only about and for him self . if not losing the DEM. party votes he is willing to act out the child and lose the whole things . enough Bernie stop your cry-baby B/S and grow up . or the bigger child will take the house

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  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 24, 2016

    (((over a fifth—22 percent—of Sanders supporters claim they will cast their ballot for Republican nominee Donald Trump))) grow the *$X&# up Bernie now your crybaby B/S is only working for the DUMPSTER if not do the right thing then you should ask DONNY DUMP if he will pick you for VP as it is now you look to be the trader are you going to be the big cry baby and go all the way benny arnell you make your self be more of a loser every day

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  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 24, 2016

    who do not believe in establishment politics or establishment economics,” and who may view Clinton’s Wall Street donors as a serious liability//// just because you brain washed them to only your see your narrow side to every thing heck your not even a DEM your a IND. and a loser at that also

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  6. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 24, 2016

    Baltimore resident Perry Mitchell told Bloomberg. “She’s a corporate candidate. I don’t vote for corporate candidates. I don’t do the lesser of two evils.”/// and what do you think DONNY DUMP is ? well DONNY dose maybe take it a step feather for he thinks of himself as his own corporate company and if he was to get the house he would have so many lawyers working for him have it his 2nd job with then picking every cent thy can from what he dose in the house . doing thing that he will make money off of on the side of being Pres. and one knows he wont care how he gets the money to him its just bisiness screwing the country where he can . and all his screwing he dose to the country while in office will cost the country money as he fills his pockets

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