Latest interview with senator from Vermont shows that his reluctance to run would be outweighed by the scale of unaddressed crises and ignored issues
Recent signals by Vermont's Independent Senator Bernie Sanders that he would consider a run for president in 2016 in order to "take on Wall Street, address the collapse of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty... and address global warming," perked the ears of progressives who look out at the Democratic Party and see no other candidate—especially the presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton—likely to speak for them on a core set of issues. And now, a survey prompted by Sanders' comments shows that among those who closely identify as "progressive" support for his candidacy is at more than 80 percent.
Online Activism group RootsAction.org emailed a simple survey to all of its members known to be U.S. residents, more than 300,000 people. Almost 20,000 responded. Here are the results:
Do you want Senator Bernie Sanders to run for president in 2016?
Yes: 15,450 81%
No: 1,803 9%
Not sure: 1,881 10%"