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Biden collides on the left

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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