Poll: Bloomberg vs. Sanders vs. Trump

Bloomberg Gets 12 Percent In Three-Way Presidential Race With Sanders and Trump

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a ways to go if he wants to win as a third-party candidate for president. According to a new Morning Consult poll, Bloomberg, an independent, gets just 12 percent of voters when competing in a three-way race with the Democratic underdog candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Sanders, a democratic socialist who has recently tightened the race with frontrunner Hillary Clinton, gets 35 percent of voters. Trump gets a nearly identical 34 percent.

 SandersTrumpBloombergDon't Know
Overall (Jan. 21-24)35%34%12%19%
Democrats59%10%14%17%
Independents31%33%11%25%
Republicans8%65%10%17%

Bloomberg’s Polling Against Sanders Similar to Clinton Matchup

Bloomberg is considering entering the race as an independent, third-party candidate if Trump and Sanders are the eventual nominees, the New York Times reported on Saturday, because he could compete with two candidates on the fringes of their parties. But Bloomberg’s poll numbers barely change when he is competing against Sanders instead of Clinton. In a Morning Consult poll released last week, Bloomberg got 13 percent of voters, Clinton got 36 percent and Trump got 37 percent.

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 SandersTrumpBloombergDon't Know
Overall (Jan. 21-24)35%34%12%19%
Democrats59%10%14%17%
Independents31%33%11%25%
Republicans8%65%10%17%
 TrumpClintonBloombergDon't Know
Overall (Jan. 14-17)37%36%13%14%
Democrats11%72%8%9%
Independents37%24%18%20%
Republicans67%9%8%12%

Trump Polls Ahead of Cruz and Rubio Three-Way Race with Bloomberg

Sanders gets a boost in poll numbers when competing with Bloomberg and a different Republican nominee, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Sanders gets 36 percent of voters against Cruz, who gets 28 percent of voters and Bloomberg, who gets 11 percent of voters. The Vermont senator gets 38 percent of voters when he’s up against Rubio, who gets 33 percent of voters, and Bloomberg, who gets 10 percent of voters. Clinton similarly held larger leads in potential match-ups with Cruz and Rubio.

 SandersTrumpBloombergDon't Know
Overall35%34%12%19%
 SandersCruzBloombergDon't Know
Overall36%28%11%25%
 SandersRubioBloombergDon't Know
Overall36%29%10%25%

Polling Methodology – This poll was conducted from January 21-24, 2016, among a national sample of 1,439 registered voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of registered voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, region, annual household income, home ownership status and marital status. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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