When Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the Wiltern Theater in Koreatown last week, it was as if a long-lost rock star had risen from the dead to bless his fans with a final concert.
Lines were long, fans were enthused, and even some breasts were exposed.
But this kind of enthusiasm doesn't always translate into unwavering support — or votes.
Case in point: The latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll found that a slight majority of Sanders supporters in California, 51 percent, expect that Hillary Clinton will be victorious in November.
“Seventy-seven percent of them say they would vote for Clinton in a general election matchup against Donald Trump, though nearly half — 45 percent — would do so reluctantly, and 15 percent would refuse to vote for her at all,” USC said in a statement.
However, Sanders was actually gaining on the former Secretary of State when it comes to Golden State Democrats.
USC says 37 percent of respondents back Sanders, up from 26 percent in September. Clinton has support from 45 percent of the registered voters polled, up slightly from 42 percent in September.
“Hillary Clinton’s biggest challenge won’t be persuading Sanders supporters to support her in the general election but to motivate them to turn out for her,” says Dan Schnur, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. “She doesn’t have to get them to fall in love with her but to make them fear the prospect of a Trump candidacy enough to vote.”
Latinos also favor Clinton, the poll found.
About 52 percent of Latino Democrats who are registered to vote will back Clinton, USC found. Thirty-seven percent are behind Sanders.
But yeah, if you're young, Sanders is your candidate: 71 percent of registered voters in California ages 18 to 29 support the man from Vermont.
The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll asked 1,500 registered voters in the Golden State for their political opinions. The error rate was plus or minus 2.8 percent.
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