Bit of a shocker -- Bernie Sanders is the early favorite to be Hillary Clinton's running mate

It's just a poll of likely Democratic voters, but it's at least a sign the entire party isn't "Bernie or Bust"

By Scott Eric Kaufman
May 17, 2016 8:22PM (UTC)
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A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 36 percent of likely Democratic voters would prefer Hillary Clinton choose her primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, to be her vice presidential candidate.

Forty percent of voters under 40 supported Sanders for vice president, and 34 percent of likely black voters agreed -- an oddity, given the media's fixation with his ostensible inability to appeal to the African-American community.


Coming in a distant second was Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 13 percent, with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker coming in third at 8 percent.

Of course, this just speaks to what likely voters who still have landlines or computer users who answer random Internet surveys would prefer -- meaning that many Sanders were necessarily excluded from the pool of "likely Democratic voters" -- but it at least points to the possibility that the Democratic Party could come together behind a single ticket in November.

Surprisingly, 78 percent of all likely voters indicated that who the candidate selects as his or her vice presidential nominee will have a significant effect on their vote -- including 33 percent who claimed it was "Very Important" -- suggesting that many likely voters aren't altogether pleased with who will be on the top of the ticket.


The polls were conducted between May 11th and 12th.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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