The buzziest piece of CNN's new poll out this week was former Vice President Joe Biden slipping by ten percentage points, his national Democratic primary lead shaved to single digits over three competitors (a surging Harris and Warren, and a fading Sanders). For what it's worth, two other surveys also show Biden in decline, just not by as dramatic a margin. The top one mentioned in the tweet below looks a lot more similar to the Politico poll we wrote about a few days ago, making CNN's much-discussed horse race numbers appear to be a bit of an outlier -- for now, at least:
We actually have 3 post-debate polls:— Bill Scher (@billscher) July 2, 2019
Biden 33 (-2)
Sanders 15 (+2)
Harris 11 (+6)
Warren 9 (+2)
Biden 22 (-10)
Harris 17 (+9)
Warren 15 (+8)
Sanders 14 (-4)
Biden 33 (-5)
Sanders 19 (0)
Harris 12 (+5)
Warren 12 (-1)
Deeper into the CNN survey are some issue-specific questions that illustrate how far out of the mainstream many of the Democrats running for president have become. Last Thursday evening, NBC moderators asked all ten candidates how many of them would cover illegal immigrants in their healthcare plans. Ten out of ten raised their hands in the affirmative. This is a view shared by slightly over one-third of the US population (with the 'yes' respondents likely heavily concentrated in California and New York:
New CNN poll: 58% of Americans OPPOSE free healthcare for illegal aliens.— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) July 1, 2019
This should surprise nobody. The Democrats are radically extreme & don't represent the vast majority of people in our country.https://t.co/tMLlvubxIq
The poll released Monday found 58% of Americans oppose giving government-backed healthcare to illegal immigrants while 38% say they support giving healthcare to illegal immigrants. All 10 of the Democratic candidates on the second night of the debate raised their hands to say they supported giving healthcare to illegal immigrants. The debate included Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
On the question of eliminating private insurance coverage and forcing the entire population into a single-payer government system, the results are even bleaker for the Left:
CNN poll shows just 21% support completely replacing private health insurance with a national program. (Most in favor of single-payer want to allow private coverage.)— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 1, 2019
People also oppose coverage for undocumented immigrants, 59-38. All 10 Dems at Thursday's debate supported that.
Only about one-in-five voters favor bills endorsed by nearly half of House Democrats, and most of the US Senators running for president, that would make private coverage illegal. This would cancel and eliminate the plans of roughly 180 million Americans. Even among Democratic voters, a large majority of whom want a new national healthcare program, 'BernieCare' is unpopular:
Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris support taking away the health insurance plans of 180 million Americans, but CNN reports that even half of Democrats are opposed to such a proposal. Just shows how extreme they really are! pic.twitter.com/C4LhtdR1Gs— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 1, 2019
Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren all support this massive upheaval. And as I've mentioned, other contenders like Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand have stated openly that even supposedly moderate approaches on 'Medicare For All' would be intended to drive private insurance out of business, forcing everyone into a government system. In the next debate, I'd love to see more 'show of hands' questions on Nike booting the American flag, taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgeries, and federally-mandated school busing.