Portland, Maine – If social media response is any indicator, the self-described socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders may not enjoy the same level of support in Maine in his run for President in 2020 as some believe he would have received in the 2016 campaign.
were decidedly against Sanders, with those who chose the “angry” reaction to
indicate they would not vote for Sanders outnumbering by almost a two to one
margin those who hit “like” to indicate they would vote for Sanders.
The other reactions also appear to be lopsided in opposition to Sanders, with 126 people responding with a love reaction while 736 responded with a response of “haha”, 18 with a “sad” reaction and 7 with a “wow” reaction.
who stuck to WMTW’s request for their choice among the two reactions, Sanders
had the support of 29.1% of those responding, while 56.6% said they would not vote
trounced Hillary Clinton in Maine’s 2016 Democratic Presidential caucuses, winning
more than 64% of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 35.5%.
That success didn’t translate into the same level of dominance among the party’s national convention delegates however, with Hillary Clinton closing the gap with support from 4 of Maine’s 5 super delegates.
As a result
of the post-caucus superdelegate race, Sanders went into the national
convention with 18 delegates to Clinton’s 12, although Sanders started with a 17
to 8 delegate lead.
In contrast with the WMTW reaction to Sanders’ announcement, the station also recently asked their audience if they would support President Donald Trump in his re-election bid in 2020. Among those responding, more than 60% of the nearly 2,500 people responding indicated they would support the President for re-election, while only 36% registered a reaction indicating they would not vote for him. Another 3.6% of those responding offered one of the other Facebook reactions to the post.
Other Maine news sites showed mixed responses to Sen. Sanders’ announcement, with comments and reactions mixed but leaning toward opposition and mocking of Sanders.