Most voters say opposing party poses threat that will ‘destroy America’: poll
Poll: Voters say Donald Trump poses threat that could “destroy America”
With his unorthodox campaign, unprecedented victory in 2016 and the rise of his running mate, Mike Pence, Donald Trump has been compared to a demagogue; he has been accused of racism and misogyny; he has been accused of sexual assault and harassment; and, in a remarkable display of consistency, he has been accused of everything from not owning up to past mistakes to making his supporters feel like their views don’t count if they don’t vote for him.
Yet here in the last week, the question has been asked again and again: how does Donald Trump’s presence in the White House impact the voters he seeks to represent?
If Trump wins a second term, is it enough to stifle the more extreme voices of Republicans who want to take things further? And is it fair to say that it actually does stifle them, as polls show the president’s party is lagging behind in a number of key swing states even after his victory?
Even after all of the chaos that has been unleashed by Trump since the election, the poll results were no surprise. They have been consistent – in a swing state, they show you have a good chance of winning. Yet they were also sobering news, given what it has taken to get to this point – something polls will likely continue doing for a while to come.
The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, shows that in eight battleground states, and seven of ten national swing states, voters are very concerned about their vote counting. It shows only 35 percent have confidence in how electoral systems and rules are working right now. Fifty-six percent have confidence in the current political environment. Overall, the poll shows that the vast majority of Americans feel their vote counts.
Among Republican voters, it is even clearer that “the way things are today” has made them less confident. In five of the same battleground states with GOP incumbents – Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia – less than 50 percent of Republicans say they have confidence in how the electoral system functions this year,