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Only 21% of Sanders Supporters Enthusiastic About Clinton Nomination

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 12:01 PM

Only 21 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters are more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president following the party's national convention, according to a poll released Tuesday, The Washington Times reports.

Forty-five percent said they were less enthusiastic about Clinton after the convention, according to the survey, which was conducted by Bernie Delegates Network, an independent group of the Vermont senator's backers.

The poll included 462 Sanders supporters who responded to an email asking for participation in the survey.

The high number who came away less excited about the Democratic nominee was despite appeals during the convention for party unity, including from Sanders himself during a speech he gave at the gathering.

Norman Solomon, one of the organizers of the Bernie Delegates Network, published a letter in The Hill explaining why Clinton has failed to energize his supporters.

"Complacency about getting the votes of people who went for Bernie in the primaries is dangerous, wishful thinking," Solomon wrote. "You're in danger of a steep falloff of turnout from Bernie's primary voters. And crucially, in swing states, turnout will make all the difference. If an appreciable number of those Bernie voters opt to stay home or vote for a third-party candidate in the fall, here comes President Trump."

Solomon said that Sanders supporters want to see results, not just empty talk. Selecting Tim Kaine as her running mate was also problematic, as Solomon said 88 percent of Sanders' supporters consider him an unacceptable choice due to his relative pro-business record and his stance on social issues.

"Whatever the reasons for your current approach, the consequences could be catastrophic," he wrote. "Beyond the fleeting praise for Bernie, your message to his delegates in Philadelphia wasn't hard to discern: my corporate centrist way or the highway."

It is not clear how much this sentiment is reflective overall, as polls showed that support for Clinton increased following the conventions.

In the NBC Poll, for example Clinton boosted her one percentage point advantage over Trump to eight percentage points following the conventions.

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Only 21 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters are more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president following the party's national convention, according to a poll released Tuesday, The Washington Times reports.
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