Adding Howard Schultz to Presidential Polls Infuriates Democrats

Democrats have become furious after former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was added to the mix of presidential polling. It is proof, the Dems say, that the poll is proof that Schultz would only re-elect Donald Trump.

The results come from an Emerson College poll of Iowa voters, according to Daily Caller:

A new Emerson College poll of Iowa voters shows that when Schultz is added to the mix, Trump’s chances of beating his top Democratic rivals jumps up significantly. Despite being underwater in approval by 2 points in the poll, 46-48%, the survey of 831 registered Iowa voters found Trump edging out 7 of 8 of his potential Democratic contenders (and blowing away potential primary challenger former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, 90-10%), but mostly within the margin of error. When Schultz is listed as an Independent option, however, Trump’s lead expands dramatically.

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The only Democrat listed who would edge out Trump head-to-head is Joe Biden (51-49). All the others fell short: Bernie Sanders (50-51), Elizabeth Warren (48-52), Kamala Harris (47-53), Beto O’Rourke (47-53), Kirsten Gillibrand (46-54), Sherrod Brown (46-55), and Nancy Pelosi (45-55).

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But when Emerson added Schultz as an option against Warren, her chances dropped dramatically. Instead of losing by 4 points to Trump, the gap grew to 9 points, 40-49%, with Schultz grabbing 11%.

Schultz takes away about four percent from any Democrat candidate, but only 1 point from Trump. And in this day of close elections, that would be enough, Democrats worry.

More of the findings:

  • Schultz takes an average of four points away from what the Democratic candidate receives in a two-way race, while taking just 1% away from Donald Trump. That means Schultz’s presence in the race makes Trump’s margins between 2 and 4 points better than they would be without him in the race.
  • In every three-way matchup except against Biden (who leads both candidates), President Trump has plurality support.
  • In every two-way matchup except against Biden (who once again has a significant lead), the Democrat narrowly leads President Trump. A Schultz candidacy could pull more from the Democratic nominee than the Republican nominee if held today.
  • While Schultz voters are disproportionately Independent, they are also more likely to be Democrats than Republicans.

In short, more Democrats than Republicans are willing to consider an independent candidate.

This will certainly make Democrat leaders even more upset at a Schultz run if he follows through with it.

But, remember this, Republicans. Howard Schultz is parading around as a “moderate” and a “centrist.” He is NO SUCH THING. Schultz is moderate only in the issue of capitalism — which Democrats oppose. On every single other issue, Schultz is a doctrinaire left-winger. He is pro abortion, anti-religion, anti-Second Amendment… he supports every left-wing idea otherwise.

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