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California Poll Suggests "Electability" Is a Bogus Issue. Without it Sanders Wins By even Greater Margins

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There is a lot of talk about electability these days with much of the media and Establishment Democrats claiming, without evidence, that Joe Biden is the only candidate who can beat Donald Trump. That position has been ably rebutted over and over again (see here, and here, and here, and here, for example).

Virtually every poll asks the electability question (which candidate can do best against Trump?), and Biden always comes out on top because too many voters see taking down Trump as the most important objective in November, and too many voters have been brainwashed into believing that only Biden can beat Trump.

But what if the electability question were addressed head on by the pollsters? What if they asked:

" If 'electability' wasn't a concern for whom would you vote? "

Well, one California pollste r is doing just that, and the results might shock you:


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In other words, once the bogus "electability" issue is disposed of, Biden loses 7 points, or 35% of his total, falling into a fourth place tie with Buttigieg, and falling from 4 points behind Sanders to 13 points behind Sanders. Sanders gains 2 points, and turns a 3 point lead into a 5 point lead.

Perhaps it is time the other pollsters begin asking this obvious follow-up question as well.

 

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Jerry, Great article on a really overlooked issue. Studies show that thought patterns which are repeated over and over actually strengthen the connections that make that thought possible and once a strong pattern is established it makes it hard for the person the get out of that rut of thinking. I truly believe that is why the media keeps repeating this baseless lie over and over again because they know of they keep saying it like a mantra that when a good piece of evidence contradicts it people are slow to believe it. Add on top of that the fear mongering that goes on in regards to Trump being in office another 4 years, which I am personally very worried about and it makes this propaganda highly effective. Two things about this gives me hope. As pieces like you have written here and the other examples you show are out there the more people will start to consider it is all bogus. The second thing is that this very question of electability and the pressure to "vote blue no matter who" while simultaneously having the same party harp that Bernie can't win exposes the establishment for what they truly are. There are many who would rather see Trump get it than Bernie. Their own sense of pride a d self rrighteousness is just that big. Every obstacle that the main stream media has proclaimed makes Bernie unelectable he has destroyed with his continued rise. At this point literslly the ONLY thing standing in Bernie's path to victory is the bitter anger, resentment and jealously of the establisment democrats. We'll see if they ate willing to let go of that and follow their own advice and vote blue no matter who when its Bernie. Thanks for all your her work on these polls and for putting all this together. Take Care, Michele

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Thanks Michele,

Very good points.

Jerry

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"Electability" is a bogus issue and was proven to be so in 2016 when the crime machine (DNC) called Hillary more electable than Bernie. To be electable one needs votes unfettered by outside manipulators.

Then they come up with phony polls and/or opinions of who would do the best against Trump. The easiest way to defeat Trump is with the truth, something lacking with Biden, Buttigieg, or Warren. Trump, not truthful himself, would make all three staring in the bright lights trying to remember what they had just said.

Bernie has no problem in this area and would expose Trump's disinformations. Doing that even would be Tulsi but she doesn't have the votes sufficient in getting her to that point thanks to the character assassination of the DNC/Clinton crime machine and their paid-for mouthpieces.

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The very idea that Biden is more electable than Sanders is laughable. Biden can barely articulate a complete sentence. He lies constantly about his record. He is easily rattled, and Trump would rattle him.

There is a reason why Biden avoids media interviews or public appearances where he might have to answer questions. If he is the nominee Trump will crush him.

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There is an electability matter that the media is completely ignoring. ~1.5 million of Bernie's supporters voted for Trump in 2016, and they tell pollsters they will again this year.


No other candidate CAN defeat Trump in a close election. Period.


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