While President Trump no longer brags about his polling numbers, poll after poll, going back to early 2016, decisively prove that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) towers above Trump in public support and remains the most popular political leader in America.
If one does a google search for “Sanders most popular,” the result will be a long list of news stories about polling that demonstrates the phenomenon of public support for Sanders.
If one does a web search for “Trump most unpopular,” the result will explain why so many Senate Republicans are beginning to run away from Trump faster than an Olympic sprinter as the 2018 midterm elections come closer.
The most important political question in America as the 2018 election season begins to heat up is why Sanders towers over other national political leaders in public support. In my view, there are two fundamental reasons for the phenomenon.
The first reason is that the progressive populist agenda championed by Sanders offers the most appealing options for the future of the nation. This is the most underestimated factor in political discussion in all political media. Most of the political debates on cable and network television tend to pit Democrats embedded in the Democratic establishment against Republicans embedded in the Republican establishment and Trump-style, alt-right Republicans, whose views are out of touch with mainstream American opinion.
The second reason Sanders is the most popular political leader in America is that he embodies authenticity, integrity and a political discourse based on ideas he deeply believes in, which many Americans share. Voters know where Bernie Sanders stands, and they like that. His phenomenal popularity brings together his personal credibility with voters and his progressive agenda that voters who approve of him share.
Every day, the Sanders-affiliated group, Our Revolution, motivates far more enthusiasm and support for progressive Democrats and causes than the sclerotic Democratic National Committee.