It was recently announced that former New York Mayor Michael Ruben Bloomberg is seriously considering entering the Democratic race for the White House. The question is if he does decide to run, will he pose a threat to the other Democratic candidates?
How much do you know about Bloomberg?
Did you know that he is currently the 6th richest person in the United States, according to one source and the same source doesn’t even list Donald Trump in the top 20 wealthiest people in the United States? Bloomberg has an estimated net worth of about $55.5 billion while many sources list Trump’s net worth between $2.5 billion and $3.7 billion. Some Democrats claim that Trump bought his way to the White House with his wealth and if that is even slightly true, then one has to consider that the possibility of Bloomberg doing the same is even more likely.
It may be wise to point out that Trump had no political experience (a reason many did vote for him) while Bloomberg served as mayor of the nation’s most populous city for 11 years.
Given that, what do voters think about the possibility of Bloomberg running for the White House and if he poses a threat?
1* Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Michael Bloomberg?
2* Which of these candidates would make a better Democratic candidate against President Trump in 2020 – Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?
How would you respond to these questions?
Here is what Rasmussen discovered:
Rasmussen Reports matched Bloomberg against the three current Democratic front-runners, and just 10% of Likely Democratic Voters think the former Republican New York City mayor would make the better candidate against President Trump in 2020.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack of four with 39% of the Democratic vote. Avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, gets 23%, followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, another big government advocate, with 19%. Ten percent (10%) are undecided.
Bloomberg views himself as a more centrist alternative to Sanders and Warren at a time when some Democrats fear that Biden’s campaign is stumbling. Despite his lukewarm performance at the most recent Democratic presidential debate, Biden holds a near two-to-one lead over Sanders and Warren among his fellow Democrats nationally. But he’s been unable to grow his support which peaked at 39% in January and May.
Among all likely voters, it’s a tighter race. It’s Biden 30%, Warren 17%, Sanders 16% and Bloomberg 13%. Twenty-four percent (24%) are undecided…
Last February, Bloomberg topped Trump 46% to 40% in a hypothetical 2020 matchup.
In that survey, 28% of all voters expressed a favorable opinion of Bloomberg, with five percent (5%) who viewed him Very Favorably. Now, Bloomberg earns favorables of 34%, with Very Favorables of 10%. Forty-four percent (44%) have an unfavorable opinion of the man who is perhaps the best-known gun control advocate in the country, including 23% with a Very Unfavorable one.
But one-in-five voters (22%) – and 20% of Democrats – don’t know enough about Bloomberg at this time to venture even a soft opinion of him.
Among Democrats, 46% view Bloomberg favorably, 34% unfavorably, with 14% Very Favorable and 16% Very Unfavorable.
Here is one thing to consider when contemplating any threat the Bloomberg may pose: when Trump announced interest in running for the White House, no one considered him to be a threat at that time and look at the outcome. I would be VERY cautious in not taking Bloomberg as a serious threat. For one thing, his immense hatred for the Second Amendment and adamant passion to ban all firearms in the United States from private ownership will resound well with millions of Democrats.