Bernie Sanders Leads Nationwide Among, Black, Hispanic, Asian and White Voters: Poll

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders opened up a double-digit lead over his Democratic rivals on Tuesday, with the democratic socialist drawing the most support among black, Hispanic, Asian and white voters in a new poll.

In the SurveyUSA election poll, which saw 3,200 adults nationwide surveyed from February 13 to 17, Sanders pulled ahead with 29 percent of support, with an 11-point advantage on his closest competitors.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden were tied for second place, with both Democratic hopefuls coming away with 18 percent of support. Biden, SurveyUSA noted, is "potentially headed in the opposite direction."

Among black, Hispanic, Asian and white voters, Sanders was the top candidate, with the Vermont Senator attracting 31 percent of support among black voters, 29 percent among Asian voters and 24 percent among white voters. Meanwhile, among Hispanic voters, Sanders received a whopping 41 percent of support. Categories for multiracial and "other" voters were left blank.

For black and Hispanic voters, Biden was the second choice, with the former vice president securing 28 percent of support among black voters and 16 percent of support among Hispanic voters. Among Asian voters, second place was shared between Biden and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with both candidates seeing 20 percent of support.

Bloomberg was the third choice among all three groups, however, among Hispanic voters, the former New York mayor was tied with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 13 percent.

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Among white voters, it was Bloomberg who was second favorite, with the billionaire enjoying 19 percent of support. Biden shared the third top spot with Buttigieg, with both candidates seeing 15 percent of support.

Overall, the survey found Sanders' support to be "young, male, 'very liberal' and concentrated among poor and working-class voters who say they are 'just getting by.'"

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Belén Sisa, the Constituency Press Secretary for Sanders, said the poll's findings were proof that "our movement has built the most diverse coalition of supporters because we have empowered and invested in them."

"We have hired people from the community and held events in their neighborhoods, we have put roots down in these communities that are about much more than electing one person, it's about creating political power for generations to come," Sisa said.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at University of Nevada February 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Sanders continues to campaign ahead of the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus on February 22. Alex Wong/Getty

Alternatively, Bloomberg, the study asserted "has momentarily built a broad coalition, with concentrations of support among affluent Democrats who are 'able to set aside some for a rainy day.'"

Like other polls, SurveyUSA's did not bode well for Biden, who researchers noted, has seen his support "flipped."

While Sanders, Bloomberg and Biden held the top spots in the recent survey, Buttigieg was next in line at 12 percent, while Warren came away with 10 percent.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar saw just 4 percent of support, while philanthropist Tom Steyer drew just 2 percent.

Of the 3,200 adults surveyed in the poll, it is worth noting that 2,768 are registered to vote.

Of those who are registered, SurveyUSA identified 1,022 as being likely to participate in a hypothetical Democratic primary "today."

This article has been updated with a statement from Sanders' Constituency Press Secretary Belén Sisa.

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