Bernie Sanders is on Meet the Press today, and the subject is about why poor people aren’t voting for him.
Bernie Sanders is basing much of his campaign on income inequality, and yet he’s losing the battle for the Democratic primary against Wall Street’s chosen millionaire candidate among poor people. This is surprising because Sanders is campaigning against the massive income inequality going on today.
Sanders noted while campaigning in Baltimore, “If you are born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you’re born in its wealthiest neighborhood,” the senator from Vermont said, adding that “15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine’s West Bank.”
In the 17 states with the biggest income inequality that have voted so far, Wall Street presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has won 16 of them.
“Poor people don’t vote. I mean, that’s just a fact,” Sanders said in an interview that will air Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “The last election, in 2014, 80 percent of poor people did not vote.”
Sanders also stated that his campaign has “had some success with lower-income people.”
The U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country, mostly by design.
“If we can significantly increase voter turnout so that low-income people and working people and young people participated in the political process,” Bernie said, “if we got a voter turnout of 75 percent, this country would be radically transformed.”
There is truth to his words, but something else needs to be said. Those poor folks that do vote often vote against their interests, oftentimes because they’re not very politically informed, and rely heavily on soundbites and name recognition. Okay, most Americans rely on soundbites and name recognition.
According to a friend who has called voters in several states for Bernie, in the south, socialist security card carrying folks simply told him they were voting for Clinton because Sanders “is a socialist.” Oftentimes, however, registered southern Democrats preferred Clinton over Bernie, sometimes because they hadn’t heard of him, not even the day before their state primary. Other Clinton supporters couldn’t name a thing she’d done, or an office she’d held, but they did know her name.
This may explain why Clinton has outperformed Sanders among voters making less than $50,000 a year, according to CNN exit polls. In Florida, half of voters were in that category — and 65 percent backed the Wall Street candidate. In Texas, 38 percent of voters made less than $50,000 and Hillary won 66 percent of their vote. In Georgia, 43 percent of voters made under $50,000, and 70 percent voted for Clinton.
A 2014 Pew study estimated that about 46 percent of non-voters in the U.S. have family incomes of less than $30,000 a year, and that only 19 percent of voters are from low-income families. Fully 45 percent of non-voters in that study said they had trouble paying bills in the past year, versus 30 percent of voters. See