(Win McNamee/Getty)Q: How would a primary challenge by Sen. Bernie Sanders affect Hillary Clinton in 2016?
DEMOCRATS (78 VOTES)
Strengthen Clinton: 40%
Weaken Clinton: 7%
Have no effect: 53%
“Hillary Clinton will be buoyed by putting together a strong operation and a strong showing.”
“Might pull her away from Wall Street a little — a good thing.”
“It will make her sharpen her message to middle-class and low-income voters, which she has to get a handle on quickly.”
“Best thing she could ask for. A weak foil from the left, and not Warren.”
“I never buy into the theory that spending money to contrast yourself with a hardened member of your party is a good thing.”
“Sanders campaign would be an exercise in self-indulgence. To win, Democrats have to both energize the base and reach the middle. Sanders makes that harder to do.”
Have no effect
“If he actually runs, it will be a small protest vote.”
“Sanders could do relatively well in liberal Iowa and neighboring N.H. and embarrass Clinton, with no long-range damage.”
Q: How would a primary challenge by Sen. Bernie Sanders affect Hillary Clinton in 2016?
REPUBLICANS (87 VOTES)
Strengthen Clinton: 36%
Weaken Clinton: 16%
Have no effect: 48%
“She’ll easily beat him, and he’ll make her look like a centrist.”
“Because the Left needs to release some steam, it’s best done with a third-rate primary candidate rather than a real third-party challenge.”
“She gets to win something. Do that without serious damage, and it’s always a plus. Bradley’s challenge helped Gore in 2000.”
“The worst thing for Hillary Clinton is a yearlong coronation. Breaking a sweat in the primary would make her a better candidate.”
“Both he and Warren drive her to the left.”
“A challenge from the left is her biggest vulnerability. It will further alienate Hillary from the party base and give her more left-wing positions to defend in the general election.”
Have no effect
“Bernie Sanders might as well be Col. Sanders.”
“Sanders is unlikely to get enough steam to have a real effect on Hillary’s momentum.”
“Her biggest problem is in White House, not Iowa or New Hampshire.”
“Bernie Sanders is no Elizabeth Warren.”
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