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Q: Is Bernie Sanders's candidacy a real threat to Hillary Clinton's nomination?

DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)

Yes: 21%No: 79%

Yes

"History shows HRC can take nothing for granted. If Sanders wins Iowa, NH, or both, it changes the whole dynamic."

"Remember, Obama wasn't a threat either."

"He won't beat her, but he will make her move to the left and articulate liberal issues in a way that will haunt her in the general election."

"Absolutely! Although [Joe] Biden may be the ultimate beneficiary of Bernie's effort."

"Hillary Clinton is the inevitable nominee with all the establishment support and big donors. Heard that one before."

Richard Rarick shows his support as he waits for the start of a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at Drake University on June 12, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders, an advocate of providing free college education to all Americans, was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd at the event. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

No

"Bernie will help her become a better candidate but most likely will not make it past the first few primaries."

"As Senator Sanders receives more public and media scrutiny, his star will fade. He is a flash in the pan."

"He's a wake-up call, but his views on guns, sexuality, and self-admitted socialism, combined with her strong campaign, will push him to the margin."

"A wild-haired, Brooklyn-accented, Vermont socialist is simply not going to be the nominee of a major party."

"Ultimately, voters choose someone they can imagine as president. As appealing as Sanders may be, he is unlikely to meet that threshold."

"People who show up at rallies often don't show up at caucuses. Bernie needs 7,000 people on the ground in Iowa, not standing in a crowd in Portland, Oregon, or Austin, Texas."

Q: Is Bernie Sanders's candidacy a real threat to Hillary Clinton's nomination?

REPUBLICANS (89 VOTES)

Yes: 46%No: 54%

Yes

"The Clinton candidacy has looked wooden, guarded, contrived, and artificial. Spontaneity plus genuine, authentic liberalism equals a significant and growing threat."

"He forces her to go further left, which will hurt in November."

"In many ways, he is a placeholder for all the doubts that surround her candidacy."

"If Bernie Sanders catches Hillary, he taps Elizabeth Warren, who climbs the ropes and finishes her."

"Authenticity and passion. He has both; she has neither. They win elections."

"He is more credible with the liberal base on income inequality than Hillary is, and that is its main issue for 2016."

No

"Sanders is Pat Buchanan to Hillary's Bob Dole. It's a message, not a movement."

"But he's great fun to watch. Go Bernie!"

"But it does say the Democrat base is not thrilled with the prospect of having Hillary as their candidate."

"Let's get real. Even though Dems are moving left at a pretty fast pace, there's no way they nominate a self-professed socialist."

"Not right now, but the crowd size he is drawing at his events is eye-popping."

"He will do well in NH but be a one-trick pony. Can't compete with Clinton's machine and money."

"I'm convinced Sanders and Trump are Clinton plants. What godsends to her."

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Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

Q: Is Bernie Sanders's candidacy a real threat to Hillary Clinton's nomination?

DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)

Yes: 21%No: 79%

Yes

"History shows HRC can take nothing for granted. If Sanders wins Iowa, NH, or both, it changes the whole dynamic."

"Remember, Obama wasn't a threat either."

"He won't beat her, but he will make her move to the left and articulate liberal issues in a way that will haunt her in the general election."

"Absolutely! Although [Joe] Biden may be the ultimate beneficiary of Bernie's effort."

"Hillary Clinton is the inevitable nominee with all the establishment support and big donors. Heard that one before."

Richard Rarick shows his support as he waits for the start of a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at Drake University on June 12, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders, an advocate of providing free college education to all Americans, was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd at the event. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

No

"Bernie will help her become a better candidate but most likely will not make it past the first few primaries."

"As Senator Sanders receives more public and media scrutiny, his star will fade. He is a flash in the pan."

"He's a wake-up call, but his views on guns, sexuality, and self-admitted socialism, combined with her strong campaign, will push him to the margin."

"A wild-haired, Brooklyn-accented, Vermont socialist is simply not going to be the nominee of a major party."

"Ultimately, voters choose someone they can imagine as president. As appealing as Sanders may be, he is unlikely to meet that threshold."

"People who show up at rallies often don't show up at caucuses. Bernie needs 7,000 people on the ground in Iowa, not standing in a crowd in Portland, Oregon, or Austin, Texas."

Q: Is Bernie Sanders's candidacy a real threat to Hillary Clinton's nomination?

REPUBLICANS (89 VOTES)

Yes: 46%No: 54%

Yes

"The Clinton candidacy has looked wooden, guarded, contrived, and artificial. Spontaneity plus genuine, authentic liberalism equals a significant and growing threat."

"He forces her to go further left, which will hurt in November."

"In many ways, he is a placeholder for all the doubts that surround her candidacy."

"If Bernie Sanders catches Hillary, he taps Elizabeth Warren, who climbs the ropes and finishes her."

"Authenticity and passion. He has both; she has neither. They win elections."

"He is more credible with the liberal base on income inequality than Hillary is, and that is its main issue for 2016."

No

"Sanders is Pat Buchanan to Hillary's Bob Dole. It's a message, not a movement."

"But he's great fun to watch. Go Bernie!"

"But it does say the Democrat base is not thrilled with the prospect of having Hillary as their candidate."

"Let's get real. Even though Dems are moving left at a pretty fast pace, there's no way they nominate a self-professed socialist."

"Not right now, but the crowd size he is drawing at his events is eye-popping."

"He will do well in NH but be a one-trick pony. Can't compete with Clinton's machine and money."

"I'm convinced Sanders and Trump are Clinton plants. What godsends to her."

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

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