I speculated not long ago that Schultz is perfectly poised to take a solid chunk of the voting public in 2020 thanks to a Democratic party that is increasingly drifting further to the radical left. According to a new poll, that view may be more fact than fiction.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll reveals an interesting friendliness toward the idea of a third party vote by a whopping total of 41 percent by those who disapprove of Trump, with 31 percent of Democrats noting they would consider someone outside of the political duopoly:
While only 26 percent of voters who approve of Trump’s job performance as president said they were very or somewhat likely to consider a third-party candidate, a larger percentage of Trump disapprovers, 41 percent, said they would consider voting for an independent. By party, nearly a third of Democrats, 31 percent, say they would consider a third-party candidate, compared with 25 percent of Republicans who indicated they would consider voting for someone other than the two major-party nominees.
This poll is likely the equivalent of “bar talk” and many of those polled will more than likely side with their respective parties that align most closely to them, but Schultz is well poised with money and influence, as well as two simple facts backing him up.
He’s not Trump, and he’s not a radical.
It’s possible we could see another Ross Perot, and while Perot got over 18 percent of the vote (the highest third-party total ever) he didn’t win a single state or electoral vote. More than likely, Schultz will be the left’s Perot, subtracting votes from the Democrats enough to get Trump the 2020 reelection win. It will be the Democrats’ fault, however, as their embrace of identitarian politics and social justice continues to alienate voters.
But weirder things have happened, and polls have been stunningly wrong in the past.
You can ask this gal about that.