Bernie’s the most popular politician in US. Favorability at 58% among Women.
The Harvard Harris poll sampled over 2000 voters across the country last week (April 14–17).
Sanders is viewed favorably by 57 percent of registered voters, according to data from a Harvard-Harris survey provided exclusively to The Hill. Sanders is the only person in a field of 16 Trump administration officials or congressional leaders included in the survey who is viewed favorably by a majority of those polled. […]
Only 32 percent have a negative view of Sanders, including nearly two-thirds of Republicans.
It’s important to note that the survey looked only at current politicians, not those who aren’t in office today. Obama’s approval rating is also in the high 50s.
Equally interesting is the fact that Bernie’s support is very broad and crosses gender, race and age lines. He enjoys high levels of support among Women, African American and Latino voters. Those demographics favor him more than younger voters who are often assumed to be the overwhelming source of support for Bernie. But older voters support Bernie as well:
Sanders also has majority support among those over the age of 50.
There continue to be concerted efforts to erase the diversity of Bernie’s supporters on DKos and off it. Several diarists have continued the practice they adopted during the primaries, of referring to Bernie’s supporters as “Bernie Bros”, in a blatant attempt to paint all his supporters as white men. Kos has been providing fuel for this narrative throughout, and he continues to do it today, on and off this site:
“I would say that I’m focused on building this inclusive party of tomorrow. There was a contingent of Bernie bros that still exist, that are still whining and crying and making demands, instead of putting their words into actions,” — www.huffingtonpost.com/...
Bernie also enjoys 80% support among Democrats. Yes, that’s despite his not being a Democrat. Apparently, voters don’t seem to care, possibly because most voters are right there with him. Gallup’s party affiliation poll from last month found 40% of Americans consider themselves independents, far higher than the 30% who say they’re Democrats, and 26% who are Republicans. Most Democrats have friends, neighbors and relatives who aren’t, and they understand that values matter more than party affiliation.
Interestingly, Bernie’s name recognition (85%) is higher than that of Vice-President Mike Pence (80%), though lower than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (95% each).
Here’s a view of the 10 politicians with the highest favorables:
POLITICIAN FAVORABLE UNFAVORABLE NET FAV
BERNIE SANDERS 57% 32% 25%
MIKE PENCE 44% 41% 3%
DONALD TRUMP 44% 51% -7%
HILLARY CLINTON 42% 53% -11%
ELIZABETH WARREN 38% 32% 6%
PAUL RYAN 34% 47% -13%
NEIL GORSUCH 34% 29% 5%
NANCY PELOSI 31% 48% -17%
CHUCK SCHUMER 27% 35% -8%
REX TILLERSON 27% 31% -4%
It’s noteworthy that the next highest net favorables are for Elizabeth Warren, part of the Democratic wing which leans left on both economic and social issues.
The table collapses “very favorable” and “favorable” into one number. The rest of the cabinet and advisors like Kushner, Bannon languished in the low 20s or below for approval. Bannon had the worst numbers, 16% favorable, 45% unfavorable, for -29% favorability. Mitch McConnell wasn’t that far ahead, with 23% favorable, 42% unfavorable, or -19%.
Sourced from the results in the Harvard/Harris poll (link to PDF download).