HUFFPOLLSTER: Some Republicans Less Likely to Support Donald Trump Out Loud – Huffington Post
Sanders’ polling might match that of Obama’s, but he continues to face disadvantages that Obama did not. For starters, Obama’s eventual strong position among black voters in primary states largely helped him win in 2008. Comparatively, a recent YouGov poll shows that Sanders is only capturing 11 percent of black primary voters to Clinton’s 53 percent. A Gallup poll of black Americans shows that 80 percent of black Americans are favorable towards her, while just 23 percent are favorable towards Sanders; 33 percent say they’re not even familiar with him.
Endorsements also separate Sanders from Obama. This time in 2007, while Clinton had a substantial number of endorsements Obama was able to gather 36 from members of Congress. This cycle, according to The Hill, Clinton has gathered 118 endorsements from members of Congress while Sanders has not received a single endorsement. Fundraising is another issue for Sanders. In 2007, Obama was running nearly even with Clinton on money raised. This cycle, according to FiveThirtyEight, Clinton has captured 73 percent of all the money raised by Democrats while Sanders has only received 23 percent. Additionally, Hillary has immense super PAC power behind her, while Sanders has warded them off.
Does Sanders still have a shot? - Chad Murphy (via email): “The party likes to decide the nominee, and we’ve seen the establishment firmly behind Hillary in a way they weren’t in 2007. That being said, we’re seeing a clear rejection of the party favorites on the Republican side, and we may be seeing something similar happening for the Democrats as well….And if Hillary’s inevitability starts to disappear, we might see the party loyalists searching for someone new.”
WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE ‘AIN’T EXACTLY CLEAR’ – Republican pollster Glen Bolger: “Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are, to quote Dennis Green, who we thought they were. Instead, it is the voters who are driving this. And, that’s who Republican members of Congress need to focus on – not the candidates in the Presidential race, but the voters who are angry and unhappy with the direction of the country.The current discontent is the result of eleven straight years of wrong track pessimism in national polling. This is the longest period of pessimism ever measured. The status quo – which by and large means incumbents – is something voters are weary of. There is also a sense that while Americans are working harder than ever, they are treading water financially. They believe the deck is stacked against them by politics and politicians, big business and bankers, the media, and other American AND world institutions. Problems are going unsolved, whether it is the border, the economy, the War on Terror, the cost of higher education, and others. his has created a political environment that encourages primary challenges and election upsets.” [Public Opinion Strategies]
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THIS WEEK’S POLLS
-Sanders is slightly ahead of Clinton in a MassInc. New Hampshire poll. [WBUR]
-Clinton loses GE support as Donald Trump and Ben Carson continue to rise. [ABC]
-The polling gap between Clinton and Sanders narrows. [CNN]
-Carson gains on Trump in the GOP primary, with just 4 points separating the two in a CBS/NYT poll. [HuffPost]
-Donald Trump and Ben Carson lead among California Republicans. [LA Times]
-Americans aren’t all that comfortable with taking in Syrian refugees [HuffPost]
-Republican voters increasingly see Trump as their best shot at winning the presidency. [NYT]
-Trump’s favorability is up among Republican voters. [YouGov]
-Support for Clinton drops among white female voters. [HuffPost]
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THIS WEEK’S ‘OUTLIERS’ - Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data:
-Attention paid to the election remains low; just 27 percent of Americans say they’re following the election very closely. [HuffPost]
-Bernie Sanders continues to struggle with name recognition. [HuffPost]
-Hillary Clinton’s decline in favorability has accelerated in the last two months. [NYT]
-Clinton would lose support more than other candidates if Joe Biden enters the primary race. [WashPost]
-Nate Silver finds virtually all recent coverage of Clinton focused on email, polls and a potential Biden candidacy. 
-An Iowa blogger dives deep into past polling surprises in the Iowa Caucuses. [Bleeding Heartland]
-John Sides explores whether anger and dissatisfaction with politics explain the surges in support for Trump and Sanders. [WashPost]
-Lynn Vavreck reviews YouGov data on which Republican candidates were hurt most by Donald Trump’s rise. [NYT]
-Marc Ambinder lists five things you need to know to better forecast the 2016 election. 
-Sean McElwee lays out a case for why the differing demographics of voters and non-voters affects democracy. [The Atlantic]
-Sara Kehaulani Goo notes that many Americans aren’t able to read a scatter plot graph. [Pew Research]
-Karlyn Bowman reviews the numbers on insider and outsider candidates. [Forbes]
-The Roper Center polling archive finds a new home at Cornell University. [Roper]