The survey by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist gives the former New York mayor enough polls showing him over 10% nationally to be on stage for the next Democratic debate Wednesday in Nevada.
The new nationwide poll showed a massive surge of support for Bloomberg — a whopping +15% since December — in a sign that his unprecedented $417 million advertising spend may be beginning to bear fruit. Bernie Sanders also showed increased support, gaining 9% since the December poll and giving the candidate a double-digit lead over his second place challenger.
This morning’s new nationwide polling numbers from the respected NPR/PBS/Marist Poll — Bernie Sanders ahead in first place by double digits - a whopping 12% over his 2nd place challenger, a Republican billionaire— the first of 2 Republican billionaires Sanders will beat this year pic.twitter.com/rLDOM9qSdf— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 18, 2020
“We’re headed to Nevada! Our campaign is seeing a groundswell of support across the country, and qualifying for the February 19 debate is the latest sign that Mike Bloomberg's plan and ability to defeat Donald Trump is resonating with more and more Americans,” Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheeky said in a statement on Twitter.
We’re headed to Nevada! Our campaign is seeing a groundswell of support across the country, and qualifying for the February 19 debate is the latest sign that @MikeBloomberg’s plan and ability to defeat Donald Trump is resonating with more and more Americans. https://t.co/TrPLLBw7T7— Kevin Sheekey TEXT MIKE TO 80510 (@ksheekey) February 18, 2020
Supporters of Joe Biden will likely hang their hats on numbers from a hypothetical matchup against President Trump that showed the candidate having the best odds of beating the incumbent in November — a +6% advantage versus only a +3% advantage for Bernie Sanders.
All Democratic candidates polled higher than the president, according to the poll.