Polls have put Bernie Sanders on track to win the democratic nomination and the presidency with a groundswell of independent support according to a new poll, released amid calls for progressive rival Elizabeth Warren to drop out of the race.
Mr Sanders had previously remained firmly in second to presumptive nominee Joe Biden throughout much of the race – however after missing out on the win in Iowa by just 0.1 per cent and claiming all-out victory in New Hampshire, his campaign has surged with momentum.
Now a new poll conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Reuters has revealed the vocal socialist is leading the field with unrivalled support from Democrats and independents – and presents him as the likeliest option to beat Donald Trump in the general election.
The 78-year-old came out on top of the crowded democratic field among registered party supporters and independents, with 20 per cent saying they would vote for him compared to Mr Biden’s 17 per cent.
The figure puts him well clear of the race’s other prominent candidate on the left, Ms Warren, who carries the support of 11 per cent of the same group.
He was also found to hold a prominent lead for his views on healthcare – identified by a December 2019 Gallup poll as the most important issue of the election.
Mr Sanders’ plan for national healthcare under the banner of Medicare for all received the support of 28 per cent of those surveyed with his nearest rival on the policy, Ms Warren, sitting at 17 per cent.
The poll also put him in the lead when it came to immigration policy and the environment – however he narrowly lost out to Mr Biden when it came to his ability to unify the party, and languished behind the former vice president when it came to another of the election’s big issues, national security. Read more