Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders would have easily defeated Donald Trump by a historic margin if he were the Democratic nominee, a newly-released poll revealed to The Huffington Post showed.
Gravis Marketing conducted a survey of 1,600 registered voters two days before the election but kept it secret until now.
On Friday, HuffPo revealed that the poll showed Sanders beating Trump 56-44.
The poll was commissioned by outgoing Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, a Sanders supporter.
The biggest key to Sanders’ strength was independent voters, who preferred him over Trump by a 55-45 margin.
According to exist polls, independents supported Trump over Hillary by a 48-42 margin.
But how can we trust polls anymore? Gravis actually did a decent job on the national level. Their final two-way poll showed Clinton and Trump tied and Clinton winning the popular vote by 4 percent in a four-way race.
Perhaps the race would have tightened if Trump attacked Sanders instead of Hillary over the campaign but Sanders had none of the baggage that ultimately brought down Clinton and appealed to young voters and working class whites in rust belt states (proving it with a shock win in Michigan), which Clinton did not.
Democrats scoffed at the data showing Sanders was more electable, claiming Clinton was the only one that could win a general election. As it turned, many of the groups Sanders’ message appealed to were the ones who didn’t turn out for Hillary and in many cases voted for Trump.