Pollster says belief that felons should vote in prison won't hurt Sanders

Pollster Dalia Mogahed said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden announces all-female White House communications team The 'diploma divide' in American politics Bernie Sanders should opt for a government-created vaccine from China or Russia MORE's (I-Vt.) stated belief that felons should be allowed to vote in prison will not hurt him in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 

"I don't think it will hurt his chances," Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

"Unless this is something he keeps emphasizing, people will probably let it go and forget about it as we move forward," she continued. 

Sanders made headlines last week at a CNN town hall when he said that all prisoners, including domestic terrorists such as the Boston Marathon bomber, should have the right to vote while they are incarcerated. 

"His perspective is that voting is a human right, and therefore, you can never lose that right, even if you've done something horrific," Mogahed said. 

Fellow 2020 contender South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg said felons should not be able to vote while they serve their sentences, but former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D-Texas) have said nonviolent offenders should be able to vote while in prison.

— Julia Manchester