Against the backdrop of the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by Donald Trump supporters and increasing partisanship in Congress due to the former President’s hold on the Republican party, most Americans now believe American democracy is facing a serious crisis. This article by Joel Rose, NPR and Liz Baker, NPR, appears in Houston Public Media. Here is an excerpt:
One year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future of democracy.
A new NPR/Ipsos poll finds that 64% of Americans believe U.S. democracy is “in crisis and at risk of failing.” That sentiment is felt most acutely by Republicans: Two-thirds of GOP respondents agree with the verifiably false claim that “voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election” — a key pillar of the “Big Lie” that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
Fewer than half of Republicans say they are willing to accept the results of the 2020 election — a number that has remained virtually unchanged since we asked the same question last January.
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