Bernie Sanders Leading the US Presidential Primary in Latest National Poll

  • Vermont Senator and 2020 US Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ steady climb towards winning the Democratic Primaries continues. Reuters/Ipsos national poll released late on Thursday showed that 20% of registered Democrats and independents preferred Sanders over the other 11 Democratic candidates to run against the US President Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 US Presidential election. It is a 2 percentage points increase from the last week’s poll. Other leading Democratic candidates such as Joe Biden (ex-Vice-President), Senator Elizabeth Warren (progressive senator from Massachusetts), Michael Bloomberg (ex-New York City Mayor), and Pete Buttigieg (the ex-Mayor of Indiana’s South Bend) received support from 19%, 12%, 9%, and 6% of the respondents in this week’s poll. While the support base of Biden, Warren and Buttigieg remained flat since mid-December, the support base increased significantly for both Bernie and Bloomberg. The spat between the two progressive Democratic candidates Warren and Bernie didn’t affect the choice of the respondents and the New York officials endorsing Sanders predicted that the two will make amends in the near future for unity. Reports say that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign had researched whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren could serve both as vice president and treasury secretary. The US President Donald Trump has accused a section of Democrats are trying to rig the Democratic Primary again (just like the 2016 primary, as alleged by the supporters of Sanders) by using his impeachment trial against Bernie Sander and in favor of Biden. However, this year the Bernie Sanders supporters have warned that they will boycott the election if Democrats pick Biden as the US Presidential candidate. Till now, Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has raised a record US$34.5 million in the last quarter of 2019, taking the total fundraising to US$96 million.