U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses several hundred people Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz, N.Y., during a campaign rally for Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout. Teachout is running in New York’s 19th Congressional District against Republican John Faso.
Well, that didn’t take long.
If Hillary Clinton is forced to step down from the top of the presidential ticket because of health reasons, Democrats would like Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders to be her replacement, a new poll finds.
Forty-eight percent of likely Democratic voters supported Mr. Sanders to take Mrs. Clinton’s place if a replacement had to be named, according to a Rasmussen survey released Friday. Twenty-two percent picked Vice President Joseph R. Biden, 14 percent said Mrs. Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine would be an ideal choice, and 9 percent chose someone else.
Questions about Mrs. Clinton’s health have dogged her campaign since a video surfaced Sunday of her collapsing into her van in the middle of a 9/11 memorial ceremony. Mrs. Clinton left the event early because of she was “overheated,” her campaign said, later revealing she had been suffering from pneumonia since Friday.
Before the incident, Donald Trump and some of his top surrogates had questioned Mrs. Clinton’s health, after she battled with numerous coughing fits on the campaign trail. Mrs. Clinton also has a history of blood clots, and suffered a concussion in 2012 which required her having to use corrective glasses for double vision.
In an interview with the FBI, she blamed her concussion as the reason why she was unable to remember several security briefings while she served as secretary of state.
The poll found 46 percent of voters said the media is making too big a deal of Mrs. Clinton’s health, while 28 percent said there wasn’t enough coverage and 21 percent said the amount of coverage was adequate.
Sixty-three percent of Democrats said coverage of Clinton’s health was excessive, but only 35 percent of Republicans and 39 percent of independents agreed.
Since Mrs. Clinton’s very public health scare, along with calling half of Mr. Trump’s supporters “deplorable” on the campaign trail last weekend, her overall poll numbers have fallen. She’s now in a dead heat with Mr. Trump, according to various battleground and national polls released this week.
Rasmussen conducted its poll of 1,000 likely voters Sept. 14–15. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Rasmussen is a GOP-leaning pollster.