A fascinating bit of poll information. Scroll down to "Sanders approval of those age 45+, 13%; less than 45, 54%. That is a huge contrast. I have some curiosity whether there is a hard break at age 38 or so or this is a gradual drop-off from 25-45.
Males 41%, Females 24%.
Small city/suburban men 46%, small city/suburban women 23%
As "bros" are male and generally younger than 45, it would seem that "Bernie Bros" is an accurate and not accidental description of his supporters. The Bernie supporters I know are females in their 30's, but I work in a largely female environment, so that's not surprising.
I don't have an explanation for the male/female split. Perhaps some Democrat can enlighten me. But the over/under 45 difference I think I have some understanding of. I know some of those few over 45's for Bernie. Even those who support Bernie, if they are over 45, are mostly tactical, reasoning that he's not going to get but 25% of what he attempts. As in union negotiations, both sides start out at unrealistic levels and work their way in. The Boomer liberals may be determined, but they aren't that idealistic anymore. Start with Sanders socialism, settle for Klobuchar socialism is fine with them. I don't think they necessarily even want his level of socialism, which even the Scandinavians no longer have, anymore. AB5 in California has put them off their feed pretty thoroughly. They run businesses or know people who do, and completely get it that some idealogues might miss the important details and screw up an entire industry.
But most of those won't stay home. Stopping Trump is still Goal #1. Bernie, Amy, Pete, Mike...they are checking that box whatever.
It's hard not to look at that "under 45, 54% for Sanders" poll and not be discouraged. I think it must be the idea of Bernie, not the actuality, that motivates them. He keeps making references to us being more like Scandinavian countries, not realising that they were mostly only hard socialist from 1970-90, and are now very big into limiting immigration and insisting on assimilation, and school choice and tax breaks for job creators. Their crazy uncles are all conservatives, I guess, so they don't see that Bernie is "Old man shakes his fist at clouds."
I will mention again that Sanders was very anti-immigration until 2016, when he changed because he had a shot at the nomination. He previously recognised that new immigrants drove down the wages of blacks and Hispanics already here, and he wanted to support group B over group A. And I agree. He was right then, but abandoned the idea for his own candidacy. So don't give me the line that he has been the honorable, noble warrior for the same ideas all these years regardless of the political climate. As a millionaire who has gamed the system for years he isn't any worse than the others (again, I include Republicans in this), but he isn't any better, either.