Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is falling in the polls – raising questions about whether his campaign can recapture the energy needed to propel him to victory in the Democratic presidential primaries, The Hill is reporting.
A Quinnipiac University poll, released Tuesday, showed Sanders in fourth place among Democratic candidates. His support had dropped from 19% in a June survey to 13% in the current poll. A CNN poll found Sanders in fourth place with 14% — a drop of 4 percentage points since May. A Suffolk University survey of likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers also put Sanders in fourth place with 9%.
“Bernie didn’t scare anyone away from jumping into this race and now he comes out of the debate with the worst possible outcome – nobody is talking about him,” said Jon Reinish, a Democratic strategist.
“In 2016, he benefited from being the only alternative to the establishment candidate. In 2020, the entire political world has changed except for him. His biggest problem right now is that he looks like a candidate of the past, and that’s not a good place to be.”
The Sanders campaign maintained the polling does not represent his true strength and noted his army of volunteers working in the early voting states.
“You have to look at who it is that’s underestimating us,” said Bill Neidhardt, a Sanders campaign spokesperson. “If you look at polling, voters want the candidate who can beat Trump, and the polls clearly show that Bernie is the candidate who can do that.”