Monday, August 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton: 37% — Bernie Sanders: 30%

According to a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll:

Bernie Sanders has jumped from 5 percent to 30 percent.
Hillary Clinton has dropped from 56 percent to 37 percent.

  • Sanders claims 43 percent of the vote for first-time caucus-goers (compared to 31 percent for Clinton).
  • He also leads by 23 percentage points with the under-45 crowd.
  • He also leads by 21 points among Independent voters.

Sanders, a Vermont U.S. senator, has become a liberal Pied Piper in Iowa — but not as a vote against Clinton, but because polls shows caucus-goers genuinely like him — an overwhelming 96 percent of his backers say they support him and his ideas. Just 2 percent say they're motivated by opposition to Clinton.

39 percent of likely caucus-goers say their feelings about Sanders are very favorable, with another 34 percent saying mostly favorable. Only 8 percent have a negative view of Sanders. Contrast that with Clinton: Fewer feel very favorable about her (27 percent), and twice as many view her negatively (19 percent).

Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll

Now, consider those poll results and then look at some of today's headlines...

L.A. Times: China and Russia are aggressively capitalizing on recent hacks to target U.S. spies. According to U.S. officials, Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin infiltrated the State Department’s unclassified email system for several months last fall.

Washington Post: The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cyber-theft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.

Politico: The State Department is going to release 6,106 pages of Hillary’s emails today.

Politico: Bill Clinton provided a brief warm-up act to Hillary Clinton on Sunday evening: The former president schmoozed with donors at an East Hampton fundraiser, where about 175 guests attended, each paying from $500 to $2,700.

The Atlantic: Former Obama advisor David Axelrod said that he thinks Hillary is going to be nominee. “If you look at her support among Democrats, and the resources she brings, she’s still very strong.” And this was after a poll was released this week showing the word most commonly summoned when people were asked about Hillary was “liar.”

New York Times: Senator Jeanne Shaheen (a Democrat from New Hampshire) is publicly endorsing Hillary Clinton. Could it be because Senator Shaheen was the first woman to be elected senator and governor in the state of New Hampshire? Hillary is getting support from "long time friends" — previous and current elected officials and party dignitaries who represent critical “super delegates” who are needed for any candidate to secure the nomination. If members of Congress won't represent voters now, how can voters expect them to represent their choice for a presidential nominee?

The DEMOCRATIC PARTY MACHINE will most likely rig the nomination process to favor Hillary Clinton, despite a growing number of popular votes for Senator Bernie Sanders. That's why it's important to vote out these "Third Way" Democrats in Congress, and vote for more progressive candidates. Otherwise, nothing changes and the ultra-rich and corporations continue to do what they do — offshore jobs, pay low wages, pollute the environment, bust labor unions, rig elections, buy politicians and dodge taxes.

A very cool "Feel the Bern" hip-hop song by Tony Tig at YouTube


  1. PPP Poll....

    There's been a big shift on the Democratic side since April as well. Bernie Sanders now leads the field in the state with 42% to 35% for Hillary Clinton, 6% for Jim Webb, 4% for Martin O'Malley, 2% for Lincoln Chafee, and 1% for Lawrence Lessig.

    The main story in New Hampshire is how universally popular Sanders has become with the Democratic electorate. 78% see him favorably to only 12% with a negative opinion- that makes him easily the most popular candidate on either side with their party's voters. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton's favorability numbers have taken a little bit of a hit- she was at 78/10 with Democratic primary voters in April, but now she's at a 63/25 spread.

    The ideological divide is actually not that stark on the Democratic side. Sanders is ahead with 'somewhat liberal' voters (45/32), 'very liberal' ones (46/37), and moderates (40/36) alike. And although there is certainly a gender gap Sanders is ahead with both men (44/30) and women (41/38). But the real big divide we see is along generational lines- Clinton is ahead 51/34 with seniors, but Sanders has a 45/29 advantage with everyone under the age of 65.

  2. As then-First Lady, after meeting with Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton convinced her husband to veto the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2000. Later Warren reflects on how Hillary Clinton had changed when she had won a New York Senate seat in 2000 and voted in favor of a similar bankruptcy bill in 2001.

    “As Senator Clinton, the pressures are very different," Warren says. "It's a well-financed industry. She has taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency."

    Watch the video of Warren's interview later in 2004 with Bill Moyers about Hillary and the bankruptcy law, and read the comments...

    Joe Biden (as Senator of Delaware, the State of corporations and banks) called Elizabeth Warren "mildly demagogic" during a debate over bankruptcy reform in 2005 (when Biden defended the credit card companies.)

    Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have always been very critical of the banks -- and Warren has been critical of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden; but Warren recently met with both them, but not with Bernie Sanders. And Warren's supporters now support Bernie, but yet, Warren has not endorsed anyone for president. Does anyone else find all this a bit odd?

    Earlier, from the Hill:

    “Hillary Clinton has already secured endorsements from 118 Democratic lawmakers for her 2016 presidential run, locking down nearly half of all Democrats in Congress, according to a survey by The Hill. Eighty-eight House lawmakers, over 46 percent of the 188 Democrats in the chamber, as well as 30 senators, about two-thirds of the upper chamber’s 46 Democrats, are in the former secretary of State’s camp.”

    Hillary is locking up “super-delegates”, something she failed to do in 2008 against Obama. The DMC (the “Third Way” Democratic Machine, who include a lot of pro-corporate Dems that support TPP) will rig the nomination process and choose Hillary despite whether a popular vote shows a majority support for Bernie.

    The GOP Political Machine may do the same thing with Trump, and nominate a more conservative “establishment” candidate despite Trump having more popular votes.

  3. Democratic voters would be very foolish and partisan if they weren't concerned about the Clinton email scandal -- not because of politics, but because of national security.

    The IT folks at the State Department did not know about the Clintons’ email setup: The “help desk” sought information about why a correspondent was getting a “fatal error” when sending messages to Clinton’s obscure address. The tech support team “didn’t know it was you,” an aide tells Hillary.

    So far about 150 of Hillary Clinton's e-mails were partially or entirely censored because the State Department determined they contained classified material.

    The State Department is in the process of releasing 30,000 e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. Catch up on the controversy and read the e-mails...

    Sid Blumenthal (an adviser to Hillary Clinton) in an email to Hillary Clinton says in part: "Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche [dubious, shady, disreputable], alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle ... He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody's enduring loyalty."

    Speaker John Boehner Admits to Bribery

  4. Poll Update on Sept. 10, 2015

    New Hampshire:
    Bernie Sanders 41%
    Hillary Clinton 32%

    Bernie Sanders 41%
    Hillary Clinton 40%