A New Poll Shows Trump's Attacks On Democracy Are Failing
A new poll reveals that a majority of Americans still blame Trump for the 1/6 attack and even larger numbers believe President Biden was legitimately elected.
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A New Poll Delivers Some Good News About American Democracy
The Washington Post framed the poll as Republicans staying loyal to Trump after the 1/6 attack, which isn't worthy of a headline because it isn’t news. The real news that The Post tried to bury is how the rest of the country feels about the attack.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe covered this aspect in more detail:
Willie Geist said:
New polling suggests the capital attack may still be a liability for Donald Trump in the next election but not with his base or in this primary. In the latest Washington Post/University of Maryland survey, 50% of adults say the protesters who stormed the Capitol were quote mostly violent.
While that overall number is down from a December 2021 poll, that's largely because fewer Republicans now believe that to be true. When asked if Trump bears responsibility for the attack on the Capitol, 14% of Americans say yes, excuse me, of Republicans. Only 14% of Republicans that's down 13 points since 2021. Still, 56% of independents say Trump is to blame for the events of January 6th. And though Trump appears to have had some success, falsely convincing Americans the last election was stolen from him. 62% overall and 66% of Independents believe that Joe Biden was legitimately elected.
Republicans have spent more than three years trying to convince the nation that the 2020 election was stolen. Trump has made it his daily mission to attack US democracy and destroy its legitimacy, and he has only managed to convince Republicans.
This is good news, and we will discuss below what it means for 2024 and beyond.