Democrats Splintering Over Party’s Future

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by David Nussman  •  •  July 18, 2018   

Poll: Three quarters of all Democrats want fresh face to represent party

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DETROIT ( - The Democratic Party is grappling with internal divides and losing supporters in the process.

The results of a Rasmussen poll published Tuesday indicate that 73 percent of likely Democrat voters want a new face running for president in 2020. Eleven percent are undecided, and only 16 percent want the party's next presidential candidate to be someone who has run in the past — such as Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Among all likely voters, 58 percent now see Clinton as hurting the Democratic Party's reputation. Among likely voters with no party affiliation, 63 percent think her impact on the party's image has been negative.

This means that if the Democrats pick Clinton as their 2020 presidential candidate, they will likely have a tough time trying to win over swing voters.

This is supported by a different Rasmussen poll published June 25, which found that 47 percent of likely voters think the country would not be better off with Clinton as president. Forty percent said the country would be better off and 13 percent were unsure.

There has been growing disillusionment within the Democrats' voting base for some time now. Some are sick of the party's more moderate establishment, while others fear the growing radicalization of its base.

Poll results published in Reuters on April 30 revealed that many millennials are disavowing the Democratic Party. In 2016, 55 percent of millennials said they would vote for Democrats over Republicans for Congress. But in April 2018, only 46 percent said they would vote Democrat — a loss of nine percentage points.

The GOP gained only slightly among millennials in the Reuters polls — with most of the former Democrats instead becoming third-party, non-partisan or independent voters.

Some disillusioned Democrats have drifted farther left and favor political outsiders over establishment candidates. In New York, for instance, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez achieved a stunning upset victory in the Democratic primaries over establishment incumbent Joe Crowley. Ocasio-Cortez is a democratic socialist and ran a grassroots campaign with one-tenth the budget of Crowley's. While some mainline Democrats consider her views too extreme, others welcome her as the face of the party's future.

The popularity of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primaries is another sign of the growing radicalization in some parts of the Democratic Party. 

Because of the growth of out-and-proud socialism, some disillusioned Democrats left the party to become conservatives, libertarians or centrists.

The Left has allowed themselves to become hypnotized by false narratives and conclusions perpetuated by Social Justice Warriors.

The #WalkAway movement was a fad on social media earlier this summer. Americans would use the hashtag to declare that they were leaving the Democratic Party and the Left. 

common theme in #WalkAway testimonies is concern for the growing radicalization of the Democratic Party. One #WalkAway testimonial video by a gay New Yorker said:

I have watched as the Left has allowed themselves to become hypnotized by false narratives and conclusions perpetuated by Social Justice Warriors, who misrepresent and misconstrue facts, evidence and events to confirm their own biases against anyone who does not comply with their prejudicial conclusions and follow their orders.

Ocasio-Cortez's success in the primaries motivated some people to "walk away" from the Democrats for fear that socialism would be the party's new norm.

Another motivation for some leaving the Left is the political violence displayed by far-left groups like Antifa.

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