Trump beats Sanders in ‘red’ northern Vermont

Six northern Vermont counties back Trump over Sanders in VPR favorability poll

By Guy Page

February 25, 2020 – Voters in six of Vermont’s 14 counties have a more favorable view of President Donald Trump than they do of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to a Vermont Public Radio – Vermont PBS poll released last week.

Poll respondents living in the six northernmost counties – Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans – give Trump a 49% favorable rating. Poll respondents from these counties give Sanders a 46% favorable rating. 

Overall, Vermont is solidly pro-Sanders, with a 64% favorable rating. Statewide, Trump earns just 31% support. In populous Chittenden County, for example, Trump rates only 17% favorable, compared to Bernie’s 77%. 

Among Vermont Republicans polled statewide Trump’s support is overwhelming and unquestioned. Statewide, Republican voters stand ready to support Trump in the presidential primary by an 85% margin. Only two percent say they are “not at all certain” about who they will support in the primary.

Sanders and Trump share one thing in common among Vermonters polled: name recognition. Zero percent say they have “never heard” of either candidate. 

603 people responded to the poll, which was conducted this month over the phone by live interviewers with the Castleton University polling center.