Mainstream corporate media is still denying the growing popularity of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). However, he doesn’t need corporate media. Sanders is steamrolling through the polls, and his favorability and appeal are growing like weeds.
According to a new Gallup poll, Sanders’ “favorable” rating has doubled since March from 12 percent to 24 percent. Forty-four percent of Americans now know enough about Sanders to give him a rating. On the other hand, more recognition creates an opportunity for more people to disapprove of Sanders. His “unfavorable” rating increased from 8 percent to 20 percent, but that’s relative to his growing recognition. Sanders still enjoys the only net positive “favorable” rating out of any Democratic candidate, including Hillary Clinton.
Clinton is beginning to see a decline in her “favorable” rating. The Gallup poll indicated that Clinton has her lowest net “favorable” rating since 2007, but she still leads. Her only advantage over Sanders is one thing that he is building: name recognition. Eighty-nine percent of Americans are able to rate Clinton, but Sanders has gained lots of momentum since announcing his candidacy in May.
Clinton is still ahead in the polls, but that’s mainly because she’s well-known compared to Sanders. However, Sanders is quickly catching up, and it’s being done without the help of mainstream news.