Adam Jacobs I’m citing current data. Both the Pew & Gallup polls were conducted within the last year. If anything, the polls understate the Senator’s liabilities. Social desirability response makes people reluctant to admit prejudices.
Those prejudices are declining, in part thanks to Sanders. That is excellent news for socialists and atheists mooting a run for president in 2024, but it spells certain doom in 2016.
The Sanders and Trump phenomena attest amply to popular dissatisfaction with the status quo. However, electoral math still matters. Sanders failed to generate sufficient youth turnout to win the Democratic nomination; what evidence is there that he could elicit the massive participation needed to achieve a general election victory?