Former President Donald Trump’s vice grip on the Republican Party is iron tight, a Quinnipiac University poll that was released on Wednesday found, so much so that two-thirds of GOP voters believe Trump’s “big lie” that President Joe Biden’s landslide victory in the 2020 election was illegitimate.
“Six months after the 2020 presidential election, two-thirds of Republicans (66 – 25 percent) say they think that Joe Biden’s victory was not legitimate,” the survey states. “Overall, Americans say 64 – 29 percent that Biden’s victory was legitimate. Among registered voters, it’s also 64 – 29 percent, which is fairly similar to polls taken in December 2020 and January 2021.”
The same proportion of respondents – 66 percent – said that they hope to see Trump run for president for a third time in 2024, and 85 percent of those polled prefer candidates who agree with Trump, should he choose not to or is unable to enter the race.
Conversely, two-thirds of Americans do not want Trump to seek a second term.
Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy noted the disturbing significance of the findings, specifically when it relates to what is going on inside the GOP.
“The numbers fly in the face of any predictions that Donald Trump’s political future is in decline. By a substantial majority, Republicans: (1) believe the election was stolen from him, (2) want Trump to run again, and (3), if they can’t vote for Trump, prefer someone who agrees with him,” Malloy said.
Americans are far less divided, however, regarding the future of federally-enhanced unemployment benefits, which are already being cut by dozens of Republican-led states months before they are set to expire in September. Democrats were the only group that opposes ending the subsidy.
“More than half of Americans (54 – 38 percent) say that states are doing the right thing in cutting off the additional $300 in federal unemployment benefits months early, because the states believe it discourages work. Republicans say 89 – 9 percent and independents say 54 – 37 percent that the states cutting off those benefits are doing the right thing. Democrats say 60 – 32 percent that the states are doing the wrong thing,” according to the poll.
“As the pandemic wanes, a signal in this survey that Americans are willing to turn off the spigots to fellow Americans sustained by government checks,” said Malloy.
There is no evidence that supports the conservative claim that unemployment supplements adversely affect hiring, except perhaps when jobs offer pay that is substantially less than what the government provides.
Biden’s domestic and foreign policy agenda, meanwhile, fares reasonably well.
“About 6 in 10 Americans (61 – 32 percent) support raising taxes on corporations in order to pay for improvements to the nation’s infrastructure,” Quinnipiac gleaned. “Roughly 6 in 10 Americans (62 – 29 percent) approve of President Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.”
— Quinnipiac University Poll (@QuinnipiacPoll) May 26, 2021
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