Hillary Clinton supporters were jubilant when she “broke the glass ceiling” and became the first woman to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for presidential candidate.
However, their celebrations were tainted by devastating new poll results that show Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders, still has plenty of loyal followers who aren’t prepared to switch sides and support her when it really counts: In the general election.
According to the Conservative Tribune:
That bad news came in the form of an new poll conducted by The Economist / YouGov that showed only 43 percent of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ backers planned to support Clinton in the general election. If that number were to become an actuality in November, she would lose by incredible margins.
The lengthy study showed that 32 percent of Sanders’ advocates will put their support behind a third-party candidate such as Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Either one of those candidates could effectively pull a Ross Perot on Clinton, giving Donald Trump the White House.
Speaking of Trump, others of Sanders’ crew — 18 percent, to be exact — planned to support the presumptive Republican nominee. While these voters are deemed as apostates of the Democrat Party, these socialist hipsters aren’t really tied to the party. Ideologically, they’re independents or they just align with largely unconsequential political groups like the Socialist Party.
That last finding — that almost one-fifth of socialist Sanders’ supporters would vote for capitalism personified, Donald Trump — seems bizarre, but this election campaign has already been full of surprises.
The Tribune goes on to point out that Clinton’s base of gay activists may be vocal (they’re nicknamed “The Big Gay Hate Machine”) but they are a numerical minority and their views turn off millions of Americans.
Hillary had better not start picking out new Oval Office curtains just yet.