DC establishment worried Kennedy could actually win

November 13, 2023

The Washington, D.C. establishment is worried that presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. is polling better than expected, especially among independent voters and those under age 45, and that he might actually have a chance of winning the 2024 election due to his populist stances.

Kennedy got 36% of independents and 38% of the 18-34 age group in the latest Quinnipiac poll. Overall, he got 22% of the vote.

More of Kennedy's votes came from those who had previously supported Trump than from those who had previously supported Biden, probably because Trump had previously been seen as the populist candidate.

Trump's conservative populism may not have had enough giveaways to hold the interest of Kennedy backers, however. He says he will offer guaranteed 3% mortgages to first-time homebuyers in an attempt to level the playing field, among other cost-controlling measures.

What can the media do but try to undercut Kennedy's coverage and spin his support, like the New York Times did when it said its poll "almost surely inflates" Kennedy's almost 25% support.

People are tired of elections that feature the two worst possible candidates, and some are glad to jump on the bandwagon for any alternative that seems reasonable -- and it seems to many that Kennedy offers just that.

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