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Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular Politician in America

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the most popular politician in the United States, according to a recent Fox News poll. And the numbers aren’t even close. Sanders currently holds a 61 percent approval rating. His disapproval rating is also very low — only 32 percent.

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Nevertheless, these numbers don’t seem to impress Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi. During a CNN interview Tuesday, Anderson Cooper asked her who she thinks the leader of the Democratic Party is at the moment. Her answers were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The Democrats appear to be struggling with their election loss in November. And when you look at the numbers, Trump’s win comes into perspective. According to the same poll, the party’s current approval rating is 36 percent, only a few points higher than Sanders’ disapproval rating.

On Tuesday, Sanders joined an immigration rally outside the U.S. Customs and Border protection offices in Washington, D.C. Joined at the event by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), the Vermont senator sent a direct message to President Trump.

“President Trump thinks he’s a tough guy because he’s taking on farm workers who make nine or ten bucks an hour; he’s a tough guy because he can throw moms and dads out of the country,” Sanders said, the Huffington Post reports. “Well, I say to Mr. Trump, ‘If you’re such a tough guy, why don’t you take on the insurance companies and the drug companies and Wall Street.’”

Sanders is also a champion of renewable energy. Last week, the former presidential candidate took a tour of Green Mountain Power’s Stafford Hill Solar Farm, where he also spoke to teenagers.

“Renewable energy is our future, and places like Green Mountain Power are already working to transform our energy system,” Sanders wrote on his Facebook page. “I applaud GMP for leading the way in Vermont and for the rest of the country. Their farm has 7,700 solar panels—enough to produce 2.5 megawatts of electricity, or power for 2,000 homes. This is pretty revolutionary stuff.”

During a town hall meeting in West Virginia earlier this month, which was taped and moderated by MSNBC, Sanders discussed a number of topics, including jobs and the opioid crisis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ooAMyOyH4E

He also expressed his fears of what would happen if The Affordable Care Act were repealed, and received massive applause when he proclaimed, “healthcare is a right.”

Today’s tweet only reinforced his stance.

However, the increasing wealth gap continues to be Sanders’ signature issue. He recently criticized the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for delaying a Dodd-Frank ruling that requires a company’s top executive to reveal how much money they make compared to their employees.

It’s clear that the more Sanders stick to the key issues, the more his favorability rises amongst the electorate. This is in stark contrast to how Hillary Clinton ran her 2016 presidential campaign.

According to a study by the Wesleyan Media Project, only 25 percent of advertising supporting her campaign went after Trump’s policies. To put this in perspective, every other presidential candidate going to at least 2000, went after their opponent’s policies at least 40 percent of the time.

Clinton’s team also spent $1 billion dollars on the election, which is about double what Trump’s campaign spent. She also spent $72 million on television ads in the final weeks of the election alone, Vox reported.

So, if the Democrats want a fighting chance in the next election, they should take a page out of the most popular politician in America’s playbook, and stick to the policy.

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