-by Eric Zuesse
The Politico and Morning Consult Poll, published on December 15th, shows the following question and its answers, among the 1,998 U.S. registered voters sampled:
[Question #5] If Joe Biden did not run for president in the 2024 election, for whom would you vote in a Democratic presidential primary? (N=916 [registered Democratic Party voters responding]) Cory Booker 42=5% Pete Buttigieg 101=11% Kamala Harris 286=31% Elizabeth Warren 74=8% Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 70=8% Gavin Newsom 24=3% Roy Cooper 6=1% Eric Adams 6=1% Gina Raimondo 6=1% Amy Klobuchar 27=3% Someone else (please specify) 20=2% Not sure 230=25% I would not vote 23=3%
Here was the poll’s methodology:
Methodology: This poll was conducted between December 11-13, 2021 among a sample of 1998 Registered Voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of Registered Voters based on gender by age, educational attainment, race, marital status, home ownership, race by educational attainment, 2020 presidential vote, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
In other words: Kamala Harris, at the present time, is, amongst registered Democratic Party voters, the 2024 candidate top-preferred (#1) by approximately 31% of Democratic Party primary voters. #2 is tied at 8% each for Warren and for Ocasio-Cortez, who would be splitting the progressive-vote if both of them run. Yet, still, if only one of those two run, then there wouldn’t be more than 16% support for that candidate, at the present time. Since that 16% is only half of the number of voters who are top-preferring Harris, Harris does, at present, appear overwhelmingly likely to be the next Democratic Party nominee if Biden won’t be running then for re-election.
On December 9th, the San Francisco Chronicle headlined “Kamala Harris would lose badly to Trump in 2024 but fare better than Pete Buttigieg, poll says" and reported that:
The Harvard/HarrisX poll, conducted among 1,989 respondents between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, found that in a hypothetical Trump-Harris matchup, Trump receives 50% support, Harris receives 41% support and 9% are unsure. Trump would win the Electoral College in a landslide with that margin.
While the poll finds that Harris struggles against Trump, it found that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who would reportedly consider challenging Harris in a 2024 Democratic presidential primary if President Joe Biden does not seek re-election, fares even worse…
The poll is actually a really good one for Harris in a hypothetical 2024 Democratic primary without Biden, as it shows her comfortably leading the field-- which also includes Buttigieg, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among others-- with 31% support. Sanders, who will be 82 at the time of the primaries and is seemingly unlikely to run a third time, received 15% support, and Buttigieg received 8% support.
Consequently: at present, on the basis only of those data, the likeliest next U.S. President is Donald Trump. Therefore, Democratic Party billionaires (and centi-millionaires), and all of the Republican Party billionaires (and centi-millionaires) who donated to Biden against Trump in 2020, will probably be donating to Harris in 2024, which means that she would probably be backed by more money than Trump would be. Consequently, Harris might actually be likelier to win than to lose in 2024 against Trump.
Further complicating the picture is that since Trump has lots more legal baggage weighing him down than does the much younger Harris, the billionaires who are preferring Harris against Trump will probably do all that they can to arrange for Trump to become indicted on some legal charge(s) in order to help assure that Harris would win the 2024 contest.
In the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential primaries, here were the numbers of billionaires who donated (in declared, not secret, donations) to each one of the candidates, as was reported by Forbes:
1. Pete Buttigieg: 23 billionaire donors
2. Cory Booker: 18 billionaire donors
3. Kamala Harris: 17 billionaire donors
4. Michael Bennet: 15 billionaire donors
5. Joe Biden: 13 billionaire donors
6. John Hickenlooper: 11 billionaire donors
7. Beto O’Rourke: 9 billionaire donors
9. Jay Inslee: 5 billionaire donors
10. Kirsten Gillibrand: 4 billionaire donors
11. Elizabeth Warren and John Delaney: 3 billionaire donors each
12. Steve Bullock: 2 billionaire donors
13. Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, and Marianne Williamson: 1 billionaire donor each
14. Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Bill De Blasio, and Tim Ryan: 0 billionaire donors
Therefore, since Harris had even more appeal to billionaires than did Biden, the Democratic Party Presidential candidate in 2024 would probably be even better-financed if Harris becomes the nominee than if Biden will (or did). And, this time around, she would be receiving financial support not only from Democratic Party billionaires but also from many Republican Party billionaires.
Consequently: Harris is, at present, in a remarkably good position to become America’s next President, given that her current net approval-rating is -12.2% whereas Biden’s is -9.3%, and Trump’s is -11.5%. This indicates that whereas in a Biden-Trump matchup, the likely winner would be Biden, a Harris-Trump matchup would likely produce a Trump win. Basically, ever since probably 1944, U.S. Presidential-&-Vice-Presidential s‘elections’ have been won by the billionaires and centi-millionaires who donate the bulk of (official and especially unofficial) political-campaign funds, and so those few persons have been very well served by all or virtually all U.S. Administrations. In recent times, this has been confirmed in the scientific analyses that have been done on the matter, and it has even been confirmed to be the case granularly at the level of state legislatures (that, even at that level, “Politicians Don’t Actually Care What Voters Want” but are instead controlled not by the electorate, who are malleable by whatever the super-rich want then to believe, but by the super-rich, who basically hire the winning politicians). It also was confirmed to have been the case in recent U.S. Presidential contests, such as Hillary-versus-first-Sanders-and-then-Trump in 2016. And, yet again, it would happen if any of these three persons (Harris, Biden, or Trump) becomes the next U.S. President. This is why America’s billionaires are well-served no matter who wins, and why what the American public need or even want is always of secondary concern, if of any concern at all, to the people who win these s‘elections’ (by the billionaires and centi-millionaires). While the faces change, the basic policies remain the same. As Joe Biden said at a fund-raiser, “nothing would fundamentally change” under a Biden Presidency. Everyone who votes in America for “change” is voting for liars, but in that leaked comment which Biden made to a group of his mega-donors, what he spoke has turned out to have been the truth. Voting can’t fundamentally change anything in the American Government, because it’s a dictatorship, and everyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a fool. The data, by now, are overwhelming on that fact. And this is why, no matter which American Party dominates over the other, the billionaires in America are well-served, while the public are served poorly (if at all). The billionaires will go as far as they can, short of sparking a Second American Revolution (this time to conquer America’s super-rich instead of Britain’s), and what they, by now, have purchased in America’s Government, is their very own fascist dictatorship, ruled, collectively, behind-the-scenes, and very secretly, by themselves.