Bernie Sanders says he will support Hillary to defeat Trump but his supporters are not lining up behind Clinton in huge numbers. A poll conducted by Bloomberg found that only 55% of Bernie voters are planning to vote for Hillary. 22% say they will vote for Trump and 18% are lining up behind Gary Johnson, the comic relief candidate. Hillary can take heart because the Ted Cruz/Paul Ryan/John Kasich/Jeb Bush/ wing of the republican party are working as hard as they can to get her elected.
The democrats are rooting for Johnson to get 10% of the vote. If he does the democrats will own the White House for decades to come. Should Johnson get 10% of the vote, the Libertarian party will be on the ballot in all 50 states for the next half a dozen election cycles, draining enough votes to assure that even the most inept liberal can win the election.
Bernie has been too successful. His supporters see Hillary as a dishonest candidate who will do anything to make a buck and who will do the bidding of Goldman Sachs.
From The Bloomberg Politics:
Laura Armes, a 43-year-old homemaker from Beeville, Texas, who participated in the Bloomberg poll and plans to vote for Trump. “I don’t agree with a lot of what Trump says. But he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what you get.”
Voters like Armes, who says she’ll “definitely” vote in November, highlight the difficulty Clinton faces in unifying her party. Clinton’s paltry support among Sanders voters could still grow, as his disheartened fans process the hard-fought primary campaign. But the Bloomberg poll found that only 5 percent of Sanders supporters who don’t currently back Clinton would consider doing so in the future.Eric Brooks, 52, a community organizer in San Francisco, won’t be among them. “I will absolutely never vote for Clinton,” says Brooks, a Sanders supporter who participated in the Bloomberg poll. Although Brooks indicated in the poll that he’ll support Johnson, that is not his intention. “I’d be okay voting for Johnson as a protest vote,” says Brooks. “But as a Green Party member, I’m going to vote for [Green Party candidate] Jill Stein. If you care about the climate, like I do, it makes a lot of sense strategically to vote for Stein, because she could get five percent, which has implications for the Green Party getting federal funding.”
Brooks says he doesn’t worry that supporting Stein could throw the election to Trump because he expects Johnson, the Libertarian, to siphon Republican votes from Trump: “Nobody in this election has to worry about being a spoiler.”
Many Bernie supporters see Hillary as a war criminal for her actions in Libya.