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Bernie Sanders leads polling for California presidential primary

No-party-preference voters can request Democratic primary ballots for March 3 election

Three Democratic presidential hopefuls are leading the California primary race, according to survey results released Monday, Jan. 13, by the San Francisco-based Public Policy Institute of California.

The candidate leading the way in the survey is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has 27% support of likely voters, PPIC officials said. Next is former Vice President Joe Biden at 24% and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is at 23%.

A few other candidates collected support in the single digits among likely voters: Pete Buttigieg at 6%, Amy Klobuchar at 4 % and Andrew Yang at 3%. Approximately 7% of the 530 people polled remain undecided.

This year for the first time, California is holding its primary election on Super Tuesday, March 3, the same day as 14 other states and American Samoa.

Compared to a November 2019 survey, Sanders had gained 10 percentage points, according to the PPIC. Biden's and Warren's numbers didn't substantively change.

Among younger voters, ages 18-44, Sanders has the most support at 45%. Voters 45 and over favor Biden at 32%, Warren at 22% and Sanders at 15%.

Asked which candidate had the best chance at beating President Donald Trump, 46% said Biden, 25% Sanders and 10% Warren, according to the survey.

The registration deadline for the March 3 primary is Feb. 18. Voters who are not registered with a political party may request a Democratic primary ballot from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters here.

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Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:23 pm

Have observed supporters of Warren, Buttigieg, Yang and Bernie at public venues. Many (not all) of the Bernie supporters seem to think yelling and creating a ruckus is the way to attract support. Bernie cannot win swing/red states IMHO. Aside from that Bernie and Biden both past their sell by dates. But will Vote Blue no matter who, I won't pull the Berner's 2016 sour grapes stunt of voting for #45, not voting, or write-in. Fully 12 percent of people who voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries voted for President Trump in the general election. #45 sends his thanks.

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Posted by Any functioning adult
a resident of Castro City
on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

Any functioning adult; since the republicans won't run one, I guess it's a den.

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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:43 pm

Voters deserve to know the PPIC poll gave "respondents the option of selecting the top five candidates who qualified for Tuesday’s Democratic (Iowa) debate. It did not include Bloomberg or Yang as rotated choices in live interviews." The poll also reported a margin of error of 6.5 percentage points. Source-Sacramento Bee: Web Link

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Posted by DNC
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jan 14, 2020 at 3:51 pm

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 14, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Well then Christopher, it did not include the only Californian still running: Tom Steyer. He seems solid. If the Democratic establishment does not favor Steyer, that may indicate just how he could win swing states. He is not a Washington DC insider. The winner is determined by swing states (absent electromic vote-switching Russians will surely attempt - once again).

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Posted by MV Resident, LASD
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 14, 2020 at 7:39 pm

I don’t understand how any American can vote for Bernie Sanders (even Elizabeth Warren as she moves further toward socialism. Don’t they know what happens under socialism - past and present (Hello Venezuela)? Don’t they know that capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty and provided more financial stability and upward mobility than any other economic system?

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Posted by home of registered user
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 14, 2020 at 8:59 pm


Did you watch them tonight? The whole thing? Then you know they are not socialists. Perhaps you do not understand the difference.

If you're happy with Trump, McConnell, Kavanaugh and the direction of our country amid the largest income inequality since the gilded age, then save yourself the time, don't watch - keep it tuned to Fox.

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Posted by MV Resident, LASD
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

@home of registered user
Who is “they”? I didn’t know Sanders is going by that pronoun now. I said I don’t know how any American could vote for Sanders because he’s a socialist. I didn’t need to listen to the debate to hear that he’s not a socialist because you know who else says he’s a socialist? Sanders. (Though I am listening to the debate now.)
In fact, I’m very happy with Trump’s economy, thank you. I’m happy for the people who have been able to secure a job as a result of it. And for those who have seen an increase in their incomes, as part of the overall increase in median incomes over the past three years.
Anyone who has traveled quickly realizes that the poorest 10% of people in this country are rich in comparison to large portions of many countries. We are very blessed in this country. :)

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Posted by Frank Richards
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 15, 2020 at 7:58 am

The Scandinavian countries are doing quite well under socialism. Why do they always get ignored? Norway, for example, has more of its economy under state ownership than Venezuela. They're some of the happiest, most prosperous people on the planet!

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Posted by home of registered user
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 15, 2020 at 8:55 am

- "Who is “they”"

You conflated two candidates in your earlier post, thus 'they'. Short memory?

- "you know who else says he’s a socialist? Sanders."

No. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Sanders refers to himself a Democratic Socialist. See Mr Richards comment above about Democratic Socialism and the wildly successful Scandinavian economies.

- "In fact, I’m very happy with Trump’s economy, thank you"

You are welcome, but no need to thank me, you are actually thanking *Barack Obama*. As Mr Obama is a true gentleman, I'm sure he sends his regards for your appreciation.

As highlighted on these boards by others, it was President obama who turned the economy around from the Bush recession.

Others have posted 10 year monthly job charts, 10 year domestic growth charts, etc.. The all clearly show that Trump is benefiting from the extended Obama recovery.

Here's a growth chart showing the great Clinton years, the Bush disaster and Obama's recovery:

Real GDP growth of the United States from 1990 to 2018
Web Link

Trump is incredibly lucky to follow the Obama recovery.

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Posted by psr
a resident of The Crossings
on Jan 15, 2020 at 3:43 pm

@home of registered user

Obama Recovery? Really?

Thanks for the laugh!

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Posted by home of registered user
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 16, 2020 at 6:57 am

- "Obama Recovery? Really?"

Yes, really. Numbers are a stubborn thing. Some folks are data adverse or have a hard time understanding them. For those, we have easily readable charts. Charts are particularly useful for the Koolaid crowd that have not been exposed to hard data.

Did you read the economic growth chart above? Clear as day - the Clinton Boom, the Obama Recovery from the Bush Recession, Trump riding the Recovery. Once again, here's the link: Web Link

A more relevant indicator - Job Growth: 10 years of monthly job reports - including Bush Recession, Obama Recovery, Trump coattails
Web Link

So the only questions left:

- are you afraid to look at a chart?
- are you done with commenting now that the facts are out in front for all to see?

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Posted by home of registered user
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 16, 2020 at 7:08 am

Here's an annual jobs chart from 2006 to present (Blog disallows too many links)

I know, I know, certain tweeters want just to talk about the Dow (not generally an economic indicator, here's the market from 2006 to Sept, again the slide up follows the Obama Recovery Web Link

Where's the business investment we were promised with the trillion dollar tax cuts for corporations in 2017? Not here. Again, the Obama recovery Web Link

Out of links for a single post. Want to talk wages? Consumer Confidence? Middle Class income?

Preferred flavor Koolaid with which to swallow hard data and facts?

24 people like this
Posted by home of registered user
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 16, 2020 at 6:14 pm

(we know you looked at them, and you're speechless)

Let's talk wages - the Obama Recovery from the Bush Recession, with Trump riding the Obama Recovery: hourly wages
Web Link

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Posted by home of registered user
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:35 am

Here's a Consumer Confidence chart. Again note the trend and direction - Trump continues to benefit from trends established during the Obama Recovery.
Web Link

Note: normally when confidence is high, businesses spend more, but that hasn’t been the case under Trump, as highlighted with the chart above on corporate investment.

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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Jan 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm

It's a shame that the PPIC poll was printed in our paper given its flawed methodology. When the PPIC called voters, they only listed the five candidates that made the last Iowa debate, leaving off Andrew Yang and Michael Bloomberg. The fact that some calls still listed either of them speaks more than the results themselves. Their sample size was small leading to a larger than typical 6% margin of error, which also should give people pause. When poorly done polls are published, it leads to the question of whether the media is leading rather than reporting the will of the voters. We have seen before how damaging bad polls can be. Andrew Yang has qualified for the next debate.
More info: Web Link

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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Jan 18, 2020 at 10:36 pm

Correction: there were six candidates (not five) in the last Iowa debate. The next event is a CNN townhall on 1/28 & 1/29 with seven candidates, which will include Andrew Yang. More info: Web Link

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