It turns out young Brits love Bernie as much as Americans do
Our poll was a landslide
London loves Bernie.
This week we went out and asked young Londoners who would get their hypothetical vote, and got a tie between Bernie and Hillary. Trump got a single vote – from a broker.
Then we put an (unscientific) poll in the story. The results are in and it’s a landslide.
76 per cent voted for Bernie. 14 per cent went for Hillary. 8 per cent chose Trump and only 2 per cent said poor Ted Cruz was their man.
Formerly, Hillary Clinton was the most recognisable Democrat, but now Brits are besotted with the Senator for Vermont.
Sanders’ British supporters are very visible on social media. There are Facebook groups: Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn Supporters, and pages like Bernie for President – London Supporters and Expats for Sanders.
Hospitality worker Nic, 24, who lives on Brick Lane told us: “Bernie is the angry anti-establishment one. Hillary is just a bluff.”
McKinzie, 23, who is originally from Minnesota said: “I’d vote for Bernie because he’s different. I like that he’s a socialist and that he came from the ground.”For others the decision was much more simple.
Annie, 17, from Bucks said “I’ve heard no bad things about Bernie Sanders. I have about the others.”
Meanwhile the prospect of Donald Trump in power is sending waves of fear over the Atlantic Ocean. 32-year-old Katy, a speech therapist from Deptford said: “Trump is quite scary, I wonder if it started as a joke.” Finn, 19, from Kentish Town was more blunt: “Trump is fucked”.
The only person who admitted to us they would vote for him refused to be photographed, and confessed he didn’t actually like Trump as a person either.
Andrew, 23, works at Ted Baker from Braintree
“I’ve heard good things about Bernie, I subscribe to a lot of leftie stuff [and] I’ve heard a lot of people compare Sanders to George Galloway because he’s so different, but I don’t like him so I don’t agree with that. Maybe he’s like Corbyn.”
Matthew, 26, broker from Shoreditch
“I don’t like Hillary. I don’t like Bernie. Not Cruz [OK, one person knew who he was.] I don’t like Trump as a person, but I do like that people hate him. They only criticise him for the highlights of what he says.
“The USA has slipped for the past eight years under Obama. I want someone like Trump in power who is capable of defending us.”
Mckinzie, 23, recent graduate from Minnesota
“Bernie, because he’s different. I like that he’s a socialist and that he came from the ground. I’m from Minnesota, so I will be voting for Bernie if he becomes the Democrat candidate.”
Nic, 24, lives on Brick Lane and works in hospitality
“Definitely Bernie Sanders. It’s sometimes difficult to relate to the situation over there, but Bernie is the angry anti-establishment one. Hillary is just a bluff.
“Trump? I think it’s 50/50 whether he will win, it’s worrying. But I hope Bernie gets it.”
Kate, 32, speech therapist from Deptford
“A lot of US politics can be quite superficial, but I do think Bernie Sanders is the best candidate. He’s the least crazy. Trump on the other hand is quite scary, I wonder if it started as a joke.”
Annie, 17, student from Bucks
“I’ve heard no bad things about Bernie Sanders. I have about the others. I stay in touch more with British politics but I agree with a lot that I’ve heard from Bernie.”