Defying her often repeated mantra that she would be more "electable" against the Republican nominee, not one but multiple polls show Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to be a stronger contender
, especially against Donald Trump, in the general election. The RCP average of multiple recent polls shows Sanders beating Trump by six points, which is outside the margin of error, with Clinton in the same poll beating Trump by 2.8 percentage points, a statistical tie.
Beyond the confines of Democratic party activists and frequent primary voters, the polls may show that perceptions of Sanders as a non-establishment figure dilute Trump's appeal to voters who make their decision on this basis. According to many polls, Clinton carries historically huge negative
perceptions in nationwide polls, which will surely be used viciously and to great effect by Trump, who recently devastated Republican Jeb Bush’s candidacy by going for the jugular
on Iraq. Clinton voted for the Iraq War.
Outside the Beltway, Sanders is perceived as being not beholden to corporations and big money. As different as they are, Trump cultivates this persona. The Internet delighted in Trump, during a debate, standing undeterred before a GOP audience as he was booed loudly, after an especially harsh attack on Jeb Bush. Speaking over the hecklers
Trump said the audience was filled with “donors and special interests” and shouted over them “they’re not loving me because I don’t want their money.” The Internet lapped it up.
One Fox News poll has Sanders beating Trump by 15 points.