Lessig’s message peels key constituencies away from Clinton, Sanders
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2015
Media Contact: Brandon Hersh [email protected]
Atlanta, GA – A recently completed nationwide poll shows a significant percentage of Democrats are not happy with the current field of presidential candidates and are looking for an alternative/outsider to support in the race for the Democratic nomination for President.
Moreover, when presented with Democratic candidate Larry Lessig’s profile and positions on the issues, these dissatisfied Democrats indicate a strong willingness and desire to support Lessig’s candidacy.
The poll of 1,008 likely Democratic primary voters discovered that Lessig draws support from both perceived frontrunners among the Democrats:
- From Senator Bernie Sanders – Lessig pulls a significant number of uneasy supporters who like Sanders’ populist ideas, his passion, and his willingness to speak his mind, but fear he is unelectable.
- From Secretary Hillary Clinton – Lessig pulls a large number of women voters from what many consider to be Clinton’s most reliable constituency.
In fact, once likely Democratic primary voters learn about Lessig, he does particularly well not just with populists who currently support Sanders but with moderate Democrats and with independent voters who lean Democratic.
“The numbers are pretty striking,” said Drew Westen, President of Westen Strategies, who conducted the poll for the Lessig campaign. “Just as Republicans seem to have lost interest in traditional politicians like John Kasich, who tout their credentials and their records in the debates without much applause, many Democrats, and Americans who would vote Democratic but are disenchanted and unlikely to vote at all, like many young people who can’t find a job while faced with the crushing burden of student loan debt, similarly feel like politics-as-usual doesn’t make much sense.”
“People want their votes to matter, and they understand the connection between campaign money, rising inequality, and the disappearing middle class. They want someone not just to talk about the elephant in the room – the disproportionate role of money in politics – but grab it by the tusks,” Westen said.
“What was most striking was how quickly large percentages of Democrats defected from the frontrunners, particularly Sanders, for an outsider who made clear that he understands that Americans are tired of living in fear of losing their jobs and benefits while corporations rake in record profits and the super-rich get super-richer. Lessig’s plan to fix the current campaign finance system demonstrates to voters that he actually knows how to do something about it.”
“Providing even brief exposure to Lessig and his populist message suggests were he to get exposure in the Democratic debates, he would likely find himself among the frontrunners. As a political outsider, Lessig is a fresh face with the potential to emerge much in the way Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina appeared out of nowhere. A large number of likely Democratic primary voters seem to understand that the only way to prevent another eight years of political gridlock and economic insecurity for working and middle class Americans is to fix the way we fund our campaigns, so that our elected officials have every reason to take the concerns of assembly workers as seriously as the concerns of their CEO,” Westen said.