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IVN Presidential Poll: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson Lead

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IVN conducted a survey to determine whom independent-minded voters are supporting among the current presidential candidate field. Respondents were asked two questions: (1) If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote? (2) What political party, if any, do you think best represents your views?

The poll was promoted to IVN readers who largely self-identify as independent-minded voters. Notably, 51% of IVN’s Facebook readers are over the age of 55.

A total of 5,059 respondents participated in the survey. IVN used an approval voting method, which allows voters to choose as many candidates as they want.

A more in-depth cross-tabulation analysis on these results will be conducted in the coming weeks. Here is the overview of the results:

Interestingly, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump lead the polls, by a significant percent, despite it being an approval voting process. This means that no votes were “taken away” from any candidate because participants could select as many candidates as they wanted.

Also, Democrat Bernie Sanders topped the polls with five Republican candidates between him and the next Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, who garnered just 8.6%. Jeb Bush, despite a high-name ID, only received 1.6%, which is far less than even the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein. Notably, Jill Stein, as the only declared third party candidate in the poll, received 4.8%.

Most national presidential polls survey only high-propensity Democratic or Republican voters. For example, the most recent Washington Post-ABC News National Poll surveyed 1,003 adults and asked only likely Republicans and likely Democrats who they would vote for if the election were held today. The results, for obvious reasons, are much different.

IVN’s nonpartisan survey was funded by the Independent Voter Project (IVP), a publisher of IVN. IVP believes that all voters should be treated the same in the election process, regardless of party affiliation. IVP is most well-known for authoring California’s Proposition 14, which established a nonpartisan primary system in that state.

This survey is part of IVP’s continued effort to understand voter dissatisfaction with their representation and to find better ways to implement a more representative election system.

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1270 comments
tfrogdotcom
tfrogdotcom

@jenhowell77 You're not cherry-picking much, are you? "While some polls show similar results and others do not..."

BeTheBern
BeTheBern

@ldbrillante I know but that poll feed is over run with conservative followers, so every evil thing wins there

JamesAshleyShea
JamesAshleyShea

Would it be too much to ask you what IVN stands for and who you are?

anthuriumusa1
anthuriumusa1

@ldbrillante FL LATINOS 4 TRUMP BEATS SOCIALIST COMMUNIST WITH LATINOS AFRICAN,ASIAN,WHITES WE WILL NEVER SUPPORT SOCIALISM EVER !!!!TRUMP!!

WillHaight
WillHaight

This poll is a voluntary response sample rather than a random sample, is it not?

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 HELLO.... The hasn't started to attack him yet.. On purpose! They want him to win and are ready to define him!

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan Yes, they have.Democrats have too. I talk to GOP voters who are ready to jump ship for Bernie but not Hillary all the time.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 Yeah, well if he wins the nomination, you will see his destruction before your eyes and you will be freaking out

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan Not worried. The primary is his tough battle. If he wins the primary, the general is his.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 You are spewing the same talking points I hear every day! She is brilliant, strong and experienced! She has always fought 4us

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan I'm not saying she's worse than your average pandering politician. I'm saying Bernie is the rare pol who is better than that.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 You all are so naive! I like the guy but he is NOT going to be able to win WH for us.You should be ashamed to sign that pledge

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan I signed no pledge. I wasn't going to vote at all b4 Bernie and there are MANY of me's out there. Talk to them every day.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 Do you know the difference between opinion writers and those giving facts? Then there are the ones where it's not marked

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan I meant the polls I sent you. And, yes, I studied journalistic ethics. I know how to follow facts back to their source, too.

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan Ppl had same convo about Obama in '07/'08. & Bernie has far more donors and better polling at this point than he did.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 You have to look at their overall credentials and ability to win. She outshines him by far

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan "That's like, just your opinion, man." - The Dude. Sorry but that's not a serious argument.

BVGamble
BVGamble

@NooneOfan @jenhowell77 Anderson Cooper gave and insight into how the GOP will run against him. As he said the commercials write themselves

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 Don't you understand? The polls now mean nothing until the GOP starts destroying him and controlling his narrative

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan There are already GOP voters switching to Bernie. They know who he is. He's already been attacked, condescended to, labeled.

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan Hell, why do you think you have such a negative opinion of him? Every pundit has been hard at work making him look bad.

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan But this is exactly what HIllary wants you to believe and what she told people about Obama in '07/'08. How soon people forget.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 @BVGamble OMG! You are so dreaming! You really don't understand politics and the GOP machine that media will help as well

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan @BVGamble Bernie people bring facts, send links. HRC ppl resort to "you don't understand" - happens nearly every time. Sad.

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 EVERYONE in professional politics knows that she has better chance in General election! You aren't listening to experts

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@BVGamble @NooneOfan Both of you all are clearly caught up in old conventional wisdom. So, have a nice life and I'm going to live mine ;)

BVGamble
BVGamble

@jenhowell77 @NooneOfan really? I have lost count how many times Bernie supporters have told me I don't understand and I need to be educated

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 Hahahaha... But they can't vote in Primary and they will run back to GOP in General

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 HELLO.... I don't have a bad opinion of him! I like him and know him for years! But he cannot win the Presidency!!

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 OMG!!! WTH? Hillary has told us NOTHING negative about Bernie! I was for Obama back in 2007 and stayed with him

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 Actually you are WRONG!! Pundits have been nice to him! I listen and read REAL politicos that understand how POLITICS work

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@jenhowell77 If you actually had political insight and vision you would know that the long game is very different. Also you would know GOP

NooneOfan
NooneOfan

@BVGamble @jenhowell77 And the GOP will control his narrative forcing him to fight back at their lies and spin! Defensive all the way

AmyHunter
AmyHunter

@jenhowell77 @NooneOfan @BernieSanders You are absolutely right.  This is why Im voting Bernie in the primaries.  You want my reasons?  He's honest, trustworthy, and has an impeccable voting record.  I refuse to vote for Hillary while "plugging my nose" because she is the lesser of the evils.  People are becoming more and more educated about DEMOCRATIC socialism.  I will vote for someone who represents me.  MANY people are voting for the FIRST time because of Bernie.  There's no way minorities and the african american population will vote for trump, that vote will go to bernie.  Wake up, people.  Jen, you're absolutely right.

AmyHunter
AmyHunter

@BVGamble @jenhowell77 @NooneOfan People are learning more and more every day about DEMOCRATIC socialism... and it sounds like a good idea.  Bernie is attracting millennial voters.  These voters are more open to hearing about this type of government. They don't have the stigma of the false socialism of the Cold war.

LucindaTreadwell
LucindaTreadwell

@NooneOfan @jenhowell77 oh I see, hillary would escape all that unscathed (because she certainly has no scandals -- lol) and go on to magically beat trump -- even though she's totally unelectable, with 50% of the country already hating her with a white-hot fury since Whitewater days, and the other 50% just not that into her, the professional 1% corporate war-mongering TPP/Monsanto status-quo candidate -- but that's not going to happen -- this poll reflects other real ones I've seen -- Bernie has the overwhelming support of voters and $hillary does not, far from it. Period.

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@BVGamble @NooneOfan Oh, wow. One pundit on a channel that donates to HRC's campaign is more valuable than polling and VT GOP voters

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan I will never vote for HRC. She changes views so often I have no idea what she stands for. I don't trust her to follow through.

jenhowell77
jenhowell77

@NooneOfan If you actually wanted to learn anything new, you'd look at the links I sent you. It is clear you want to confirm your own bias.

DaveFroman
DaveFroman

@NooneOfan @jenhowell77 actually he is more capable of gaining the WH than Clinton of any other candidate. He does better against all the republicans than hillary head to head.