Most Americans See Trump’s Mega Threat to Democracy: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
Days after Democratic President Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech attacking former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies as a radical threat, a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday found that many Americans believe Trump’s movement undermining democracy.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents to the two-day poll — including one in four Republicans — said Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement threatens America’s democratic foundations.
58%? This counts as “mostly”.
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Nihilism of Mega World
The president said something scary and true.
Joe Biden’s address to the American people last week, As I wrote at the time, necessary and correct. The staging was clumsy, and the speech had some of the hallmarks of an ensemble product that hadn’t been subjected to a final spackle-and-smooth by a head writer. But Biden got one big thing right, and it explains one thing why Donald Trump and the mega world apologists are reacting to it. Such anger. The president singled him out as an anti-American nihilist:
They encourage authoritarian leaders, and they fan the flames of political violence that threaten our personal rights, the pursuit of justice, the rule of law, the very soul of this country … Mega Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive in chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies.
This, as Biden pointed out, is what makes the mega movement so dangerous. It has no operational compass and no set of real priorities beyond a general resentment, a basket case of bitterness and anger against others whom Trumpists think are looking down on them or living better than them. are It is a movement made up of people who are The economically comfortable and middle-class, who enjoy a relatively high standard of living, and yet who feel that they have been defiled, spoiled, cheated—and they are determined to take revenge.
Biden broke with tradition by saying what presidents should never say: He admitted that he was finally giving up trying to accommodate a group of Americans, because he understands that they don’t want to be accommodated. I know that some of my friends and colleagues believe that Biden, as president, should continue to reach mega voters because they are our neighbors and our fellow citizens. (Former GOP operative and fellow Never Trumper Tim Miller made this point this morning.) My inclination is to agree with them. But how do we reach those voters? These citizens do not want negotiation or compromise. They don’t even want to “win” in any traditional political sense of the word. They want to vent about their lives—about their personal problems, their inferiority complex, and their fears of social status-On other Americans, as much as possible, even to the point of violence.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lead grows as the fall campaign begins, new polls find
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lead over Republican Tudor Dixon has grown to 13 percentage points with two months to go before Election Day, according to a New poll from the Detroit News and WDIV-TV (Channel 4)…
In a similar July 5-8 poll commissioned by The News and WDIV — before Dixon became the Republican candidate In the August 2 primary elections – Whitmer was leading Dixon by 11 percentage points.
Abortion drives Michigan governor’s race as women turn against GOP, poll finds
When it came to what issue will motivate Michiganders to vote in November, 34% said abortion and women’s rights were the most popular answers, followed by inflation and the cost of living (26%), education (10%). and ranked above the economy and jobs. (8%).
“This should be about (Democratic President Joe) Biden. And it’s not. It’s about abortion,” Glengarriff founder and pollster Richard Zuba said of the governor’s race.
A ‘magenta wave’?
Current poll numbers for Whitmer are similar to poll results from the same period before the 2018 election, when Democrats won all three of Michigan’s major offices.
In early September 2018, Whitmer was 14 percentage points ahead of Republican Bill Schuette, then the state attorney general. Whitmer beat Schuette by 9 points.
“It looks exactly like the 2018 numbers right now,” Zuba said. “The higher the motivation to vote.”
The 2018 results have been linked to a so-called “pink wave” of female voters pushing back against the start of then-President Donald Trump’s administration.
Kazuba said he is now seeing signs of a “magenta wave” of female voters and independent voters forming in November because of the abortion debate.
“Until someone can stop that conversation or override that conversation, that wave will continue to build,” Polster said.
Shifting coalition of Democrats
Unlike Trump, he loves highly educated people
No doubt about it. Democrats are doing better. They have enjoyed a stretch where the economy has fared a little better and, more importantly, other issues have come to the fore in many ways with voters still quite unhappy with the Biden administration and the state of the country. are (NBC Poll: 68 percent say we are now in a recession; 74 percent say the country is on the wrong track).
The key issue here is clearly the Dobbs decision on abortion rights. That decision put on the Democrats Popular side of public opinion And they’ve taken full advantage of it (aided by Republicans’ inability to take on the most militant anti-abortion forces within their party).
Why women are setting the new midterm talks
Analysis | Two GOP female pollsters talk about abortion, democracy and the changing dynamics of this year’s elections.
My takeaway from what they shared: The 2022 midterms look different than they did six months or a year ago. The cost of life is still front of mind for many women, but issues of choice — on abortion, on the freedom to vote — have increased in relevance. The moment feels existential for many women, including independents and swing voters, and it’s all on their minds when they describe the country as “going in the wrong direction” for pollsters.