According to a new poll there is a significant percentage of Bernie Sanders supporters who will vote for President Trump in November, of the 2020 nomination is once again wrested from their candidate – this time by former VP, Joe Biden.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 15% of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters will vote for President Donald Trump’s reelection, should Biden win the party’s nomination.
If that number is accurate – It represents a larger defection than occurred after the bitter battle between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, when 12% of Sanders voters broke for Trump in the general election.
And if 12% was enough then to keep Hillary out of the White House, 15% may spell disaster for the former Vice President.
The good news for Biden is that in spring 2016, an ABC News poll found 20% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump over Clinton, and far fewer ended up doing so. And 80% of Sanders’ supporters said they would back Biden over Trump, according to the poll.
Before primaries were put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Biden held a more than 300-delegate lead over Sanders, who has said he intends to continue his fight for the nomination despite the tough odds of overcoming Biden’s lead.
The ABC/Post poll found Biden with a 16-percentage-point advantage (55%-39%) over Sanders among registered Democrats and independents who lean Democratic.
Biden has been highly critical of Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, but Trump narrowly bested Biden on that issue in the poll. Forty-five percent of Americans said they trusted Trump more to deal with the crisis, while 43% said they had more faith in Biden.
Last Friday, an earlier portion of the poll was released that showed for the first time more voters approve of Trump’s job performance than disapprove (49%-47%).