About half of all supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said they won't support presumed nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election, according to a new poll.
“I’m a registered Democrat, but I cannot bring myself to vote for another establishment politician like Hillary,” said Laura Armes, a 43-year-old homemaker from Beeville, Texas, who plans to vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to Bloomberg.
“I don’t agree with a lot of what Trump says. But he won’t owe anybody. What you see is what you get,” she said.
Poll numbers seem to reflect Armes' views. Although 55 percent of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Clinton in the general election, 22 percent would rather vote for Trump and 18 percent plan to vote for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.
It's not just Republicans and Libertarians who could benefit from Sanders supporters. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, has been critical of Clinton during the primary as she courts Sanders supporters so support the much-overlooked third party.
“I’d be OK voting for Johnson as a protest vote,” said Eric Brooks, a community organizer in San Francisco. “But as a Green Party member, I’m going to vote for Jill Stein. If you care about the climate, like I do, it makes a lot of sense strategically to vote for Stein, because she could get 5 percent, which has implications for the Green Party getting federal funding.”
Stein's blunt criticism of Clinton is likely to attract the progressive Sanders supporters who don't trust Clinton and dislike her policies.
“I think it’s an offense to the concept of feminism to say that Hillary Clinton -- and her advocacy for war, for Wall Street and for the ‘Wal-Mart Economy’ -- represents feminism,” Stein told The Young Turks.
But if Sanders endorses Clinton, that could sway some of the hold-outs to hold their nose and vote for her in the general election, especially if the alternative is a Trump presidency.
"A vote for Trump would have me deported," quipped Albert Arevalo, a 27-year-old gay Latino. "A true Bernie fan would be stupid to not vote for a Democrat. By being ignorant and not voting you are electing a racist troll.”