Bernie Sanders gains on Clinton in new Franklin Pierce favorability poll

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Will Stewart captures a selfie with Bernie Sanders at a Manchester house party on May 2.
Will Stewart captures a selfie with Bernie Sanders at a Manchester house party on May 2, 2o15.

PORTSMOUTH, NH –  A new poll among those likely to vote Democrat shows Bernie Sanders making gains in favorability against Hillary Clinton.

Still, approximately two-thirds (65 percent) of voters believe Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic Party’s nomination, compared to just 11 percent who think Sanders will win. These results are based on a recent Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald Poll conducted by RKM Research and Communications, between August 7 and 10. [You can read the full poll results below.]

The survey is based on responses from 442 randomly selected likely Democratic presidential primary voters. Interviews were conducted by landline and cellular telephone. The sampling margin of error is +/- 4.7 percent.

Favorability Ratings

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a very high favorable rating of 80 percent, followed closely by Vice President Joe Biden (79 percent) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (76 percent). Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb both remain relatively little known candidates at this early stage of the race.


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Franklin Pierce/Boston Herald Poll Results full press release

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  • EuroYankee

    Imagine, a politician who is true to his ideals, even when they are not popular; one who stays the course, keeps true to himself, and seizes the right moment when the US public is of the right mind to accept his radically different message. This politician speaks plainly, has an answer to every question, and is magnificently convincing because he is sincere and well-practised in his delivery, in his positions, in his unabashed embrace of a political philosophy that had been decried as “radical” and “fringe” and “out of the mainstream” for the past decades.

    Suddenly, this politician gains traction with the Common Man, who appreciates his honesty, understands his outrage, and has had enough of the “mainstream” political philosophy that has simply stopped working for America. He leads what quickly becomes a political “Revolution” that dramatically changes the political landscape in America …

    Yes of course I am talking about Ronald Reagan.

    But I think the same holds true for Bernie. He has spent decades in the wilderness. He has endured the long period in which “liberal” was a dirty epithet, and “socialism” even worse. But his time has arrived, and I would bet that we will see “Bernie Republicans” come out and support him.

    And after all, why not? Bernie represents the economic interests of what we used to call “Reagan Democrats” – every one of his positions enjoys strong majority support among ALL Americans, regardless of party affiliation. And don’t forget, he still appears on TV with an “I” after his name —he is an Independent, which is to say he is part of what is now the largest political cohort in America.

    Bernie is running against a woman with a LOT of baggage, and one who is beholden to what Bernie calls the “billionaire class” … just as Reagan was able to dismiss GHW Bush, Bob Dole, John Anderson and others as ”too liberal” and corrupt during the 1980 GOP Primary, Bernie will also be able to sell himself, ultimately, as “the real deal” – with Hillary being just too conservative and corrupted by her billionaire friends on Wall Street and K Street.

    Yes, my friends, the pendulum is finally swinging. We thought we were seeing a sea change with Obama – but he turned out to be just another opportunistic politician. Bernie is the clear-eyed, consistent, unabashed Liberal that America will love.