Democrats are trying to settle their differences as Biden prepares to take office. But across party lines, many feel impassable. It‘s Friday and here is your political advice sheet.
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Biden has placed a message of national unity at the center of his presidential transition, but he faces the challenge of reuniting a country that simply can no longer agree on basic facts.
The depth of the rift can be seen in a handful of recent polls, which have revealed fundamental disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over the very legitimacy of Biden’s victory.
In a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday, 70% of registered Republican voters said Biden’s victory was not legitimate, while only 23% said so. Among registered Caucasian voters, just 47% said Biden won fair and square.
By comparison, 98% of Democrats said Biden won legitimately.
When asked whether there had been significant electoral fraud – as the Trump administration has repeatedly claimed, but to no avail – 77% of Republicans said yes. Ninety-seven percent of Democrats said no.
The results of this poll are consistent with those of a Pew Research Center survey conducted in mid-November, after most of the mainstream media called the election, but before President Trump’s legal team suffered. some of his most humiliating losses in court.
While 94% of Biden voters said they were at least somewhat confident the election was “well organized and well administered,” only 21% of Trump voters said the same. And while 82% of Biden voters were very confident that their own vote had been accurately counted, that number dropped to 35% among Trump voters.
The Pew poll, released Nov. 20, found that most Trump voters were not interested in letting the past go by: Eighty-five percent said the president should continue his “legal challenges to the process. vote in several states ”.
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