Bernie Sanders would have trounced Donald Trump: Poll

The poll was commissioned and financed by outgoing Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, a Democrat who endorsed Sanders in the presidential primary, The Huffington Post reported.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:November 13, 2016 1:52 pm
trump, donald trump, bernie sanders, hillary clinton, clinton, sanders, us presidential elections, us elections, us election poll, us election survey, world news The national survey of more than 1,600 registered voters, conducted by Gravis Marketing two days before the general election, found that 75-year-old Vermont Senator would have received 56 per cent of the vote while Trump would have won 44 per cent. (Source: File)

Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, would have beaten Donald Trump by a historic margin if he had been the party’s nominee, according to a pre-election poll. The national survey of more than 1,600 registered voters, conducted by Gravis Marketing two days before the general election, found that 75-year-old Vermont Senator would have received 56 per cent of the vote while Trump would have won 44 per cent.

The poll was commissioned and financed by outgoing Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, a Democrat who endorsed Sanders in the presidential primary, The Huffington Post reported. The last election result that decisive was Ronald Reagan’s victory over Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984.

Crucially, independent voters, who made up nearly one- third of the general election voters this year, favoured Sanders over Trump, 55 per cent to 45 per cent, the poll found. Clinton, by contrast, lost independents 48 per cent to 42 per cent, according to exit polls. Although the Gravis poll did not show state-level results, it is safe to assume that any candidate with that type of lead in the popular vote would win the electoral college handily.

Of course, the poll results are an imperfect indicator of what would have occurred if Sanders had actually been on the ballot on election day. The vast majority of polls had mistakenly predicted a Clinton victory in Tuesday’s election. Prior to FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the agency was reopening the investigation of Clinton’s emails at the end of October, Clinton even led Trump by as much as 13 percentage points, more than Sanders’ margin of victory in the Gravis poll.

“As we contemplate the dark days ahead, and then as we suffer through them, we Democrats should remember that it could have been entirely different. All we had to do was to elect a progressive as president just as a large majority of Americans really wanted,” Grayson was quoted as saying. Sanders has not ruled out another run for the presidency in 2020, but for now he is focused on his Senate re-election campaign in 2018

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    Kevin Krooss
    Nov 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    Ah right. The same pollsters who said Clinton would trounce Trump too?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Don't buy into this device BS. Can't wait to see this as a Facebook meme. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Facebook, that sewer of disinformation.
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      Nitro
      Nov 15, 2016 at 12:45 am
      No, not the same pollsters. And if this poll was actually skewed in the same manner as the Trump/Clinton polls like you suggest (with independents being underrepresented), a correction of that would actually show Sanders winning by an even greater margin. He was the preferred choice of the voters who swung this election to Trump. But I guess whatever helps you Hillbots with avoiding having to admit that you were wrong and should've listened to people instead of the corporate media.
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        Karavadi Raghava
        Nov 13, 2016 at 9:12 am
        It is Gata Jala Sethubhandanam.meaning constructing a Bridge after the Water has completely gone. Democratic Party appears to have made Hillary Clinton to get support of Muslims in USA and the Rest of the World. But Majority Americans felt that Hillary who would win on MUslims Support could not deal with ISIS,Taliban Etc.with an Iron Hand . Hillary's Role in India-stan Relations also effected Democrats Chances..As Indians living in India we should not worry as to who should be teh USA's President.But a sfor the Present observation Donald Trump will be a Good Friend to Hindustan.
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