Another billionaire made headlines after announcing interest in the Presidential race: Michael Bloomberg. With a net worth nine times higher than Donald Trump, it would make for an interesting battle of the billionaires come November.
Bloomberg’s source of wealth is his company Bloomberg L.P., which owns Bloomberg News. If his own media is any indication, he doesn’t have much a shot at becoming our next President. As the New York Times reported:
A Bloomberg-sponsored poll, made public in extravagant Bloomberg style amid shrimp and champagne, delivered some sour news about Michael R. Bloomberg himself: Few Iowa voters like him as he weighs a third party White House run.
A poll of likely caucusgoers conducted for Bloomberg Politics and The Des Moines Register and released on Saturday night found just 17 percent of Democrats and 9 percent of Republicans had a “favorable” view of Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.
Among likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa, half had an unfavorable view of Mr. Bloomberg; 26 percent of the Democrats had an unfavorable view of him.
By comparison, 50 percent of the Republicans polled had a favorable view of another Manhattan billionaire, Donald J. Trump, whose candidacy has offended and baffled Mr. Bloomberg. And 46 percent of the Democrats had a favorable view of Martin O’Malley, who is faring poorly in polls, nearly three times the proportion viewing Mr. Bloomberg favorably.
Good thing he doesn’t have much support – if he won he’d try to serve three terms.
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