Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) couldn’t secure the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016. While he did draw massive crowds, it wasn’t enough to beat his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Regardless, he is the most popular senator in America, according to a Morning Consult poll. The poll asked voters in all 50 states about support for their senators.
With a 75 percent approval rating, Sanders crushed his competition. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) came in second at 69 percent, and Mazie Hirono, who recently compared conservative justices to the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse came in third with a 67 percent approval rating.
The most popular right-leaning senator was John Hoeven (R-ND) with an approval of 66 percent.
So how is Sanders, a guy who failed to beat one of the most unpopular Democratic candidates, the most popular senator in the United States? Perhaps it’s because of the giant following he created through his campaigning.
Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul drew big numbers during his presidential runs, too. Each time Paul threw his hat into the ring, his loyal supporters offered their full-fledged support. Paul appears to have some admiration for Sanders as well. During the 2016 presidential primary, he told Larry King that he feels a “kinship” with Sanders.
Independent Journal Review also asked a few Bernie supporters the reason they think he is the most popular senator.
Maggie Ann of Portland told us, “Personally I think he is so popular because he is so invested in serving the people and making sure that everyone receives basic human rights.”
C.J. Thomas said, “I don’t agree with a lot of his standards on a political level but compared to Hillary Clinton, he would’ve been fantastic. I’m also a realist in knowing that the Republicans would never allow him to accomplish what he wants. I’ve been to a rally of his. It was a completely diverse crowd. Young, old, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, etc. He spoke to everyone and didn’t play to a base.”
Stephanie Stonelake said, “He is consistent. He got arrested sitting in for civil rights. He has always fought for LGBTQ community and supported our military community. He walks or takes the bus to work. He’s humble, and for the people.”
Sanders hasn’t announced any intention to run again in 2020. But based on his wide range of support and the data, his fans appear more than willing to give him another shot. However, approval ratings don’t mean votes, either. Hillary’s approval rating was higher than Trump’s before all the votes were counted. And we all know how that turned out.
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