Look at those two representations of polling data. They don't look so different, do they? Both the odious Mr. Trump and the charming Bernie are attracting about one-third of the members of their own party to their campaigns for President.
More of us identify as Democrats than Republicans (even though Dems are somewhat less likely to vote regularly.) That means that our democratic socialist Senator actually probably has more professed supporters than the blustering proto-fascist billionaire.
For Bernie, in what is functionally a two candidate field, having 30 percent plus support amounts to losing badly to Hillary's 66 percent. For Trump in an over-crowded clown car, having the support of one third of Republicans might create a path to the nomination and general election.
But think what this means for the nation's future, if we have one. I'll turn this over to Matthew Yglesias whose charts and thoughts I'm appropriating here:
Something to hold on to in dark times.