(DCWatchdog.com) – US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders may be in a position to bid once again for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, as a new public opinion poll has shown he is favored by almost half of the US voters.
According to a survey by USA Today and Ipsos, Senator Bernie Sanders is viewed favorably as a potential contender for the US Presidency in 2024 by 46% of the voters.
The number in question includes the vast majority of the Democrat voters – 78%, plus 41% of Independents and 18% of Republicans, The Washington Times reported.
As the public opinion poll measures the ratings of 23 potential candidates in the 2024 presidential election, the 46% voter support by the respondents got Bernie Sanders the top spot in the ranking.
The results showed that Sanders presently enjoys the highest support among Independent and Republican voters among all potential Democrat candidates measured in the poll, including President Joe Biden.
Bernie Sanders ran unsuccessfully for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party twice – in 2016 and 2020. He remained second to Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, respectively.
Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party in the US Senate but is technically considered an Independent. He bills himself as a “Democrat Socialist.”
He has served in the US Senate since 2013, after serving as a member of the US House of Representatives from 1991 until 2007. Before that, from 1981-1989, he was the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
The USA Today/Ipsos public opinion poll also found that President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump share the second spot in its favorability ranking for the 2024 presidency.
Both Biden and Trump are viewed favorably by 43% of US voters, 3 points lower than Sanders, and both are seen unfavorably by 53% of the electorate.
The survey discovered that the potential Republican bidder in the 2024 election who sits most favorably with the voters of the Democratic Party is Rep. Liz Cheney (D-WY).
Cheney, probably the most outspoken anti-Trump Republican, recently lost by 37 points in the GOP primary in Wyoming for her congressional seat to a candidate endorsed by the former President.
As a potential presidential candidate, she is viewed positively by 63% of the Democrats and only 20% of the voters of the Republican Party.
The least popular politician in the 23-person ranking compiled based on the poll was Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), whose overall score was 36% unfavorable and 20% favorable.
The public opinion poll was conducted as an online survey among 2,345 adults between August 18 and August 22 and had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.