In this morning's post, I noted that, even though the mainstream pundits overwhelmingly declared Hillary the winner of the debate, rank-and-file Democrats were probably more impressed with Bernie Sanders. Polls are starting to come in -- and guess what
In the U.S. News live blog poll, Sanders also led at 82 percent. In CNN's Facebook poll, although not scientific, Sanders led again, with 75 percent.
And then there's this
However, multiple polls seem to show that most Americans don’t agree with these media pundits, asserting that Bernie Sanders was the clear winner.
One Google Consumer Surveys poll conducted for IJ Review, a website co-founded by a past advisor to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shows Sanders in the lead with 43.7% of the vote, 15 points ahead of Clinton. The third runner-up was “Not Sure” with 17%, and the remaining three candidates received a combined total of just under 11%.
Three additional polls (still active at the time of writing) also show that Sanders was perceived as the debate winner with over half the vote. Time had him winning with 57%, NJ.com with 71.71%, and Fox2Now with 80.72%, almost six times Clinton’s 14.09%.
Fascinating. My take? Sanders' big "wow" line of the night -- "Congress doesn't regulate Wall Street; Wall Street regulates Congress" -- resonates with voters in a way that Beltway insiders cannot comprehend.