Tuesday, November 9, 2021

POLL: Independents Reveal Which Party They Believe Is the 'Bigger Threat to Democracy'

FILE PHOTO: A sign is seen as voters line up for the U.S. Senate run-off election, at a polling location in Marietta, Georgia, U.S., January 5, 2021. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Source: Independent Journal Review

Published: November 1, 2021

By: Bradley Cortright

A new poll reveals that more Independents believe the Democratic Party is a “bigger threat” to democracy than the Republican Party.

In a new NPR/Marist poll, respondents were asked, “In general, which party do you think is the bigger threat to democracy in the United States?”

Eighty-seven percent of Democrats said the Republican Party was the bigger threat, while 88% of Republicans said the Democratic Party is.

Meanwhile, 41% of Independents said the Democratic Party is the “bigger threat,” while 37% chose the Republican Party.

Overall, respondents were essentially tied, with 42% picking Democrats and 41% choosing Republicans.

NPR/Marist poll, among *independent voters*:

"In general, which party do you think is the bigger threat to democracy in the United States?"

Democrats 41%
Republicans 37%

(Overall: 42% said Dems; 41% said Republicans) https://t.co/gHOXAZAeCH

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 1, 2021

The survey comes just weeks after Senate Republicans again blocked Democrats’ legislation designed to overhaul voting and election laws, as IJR reported.

The legislation would have made election day a federal holiday, implemented same-day voter registration and automatic registration, required at least two weeks of early voting, expanded access to mail-in voting, restricted efforts to purge voter rolls, and included provisions to protect election workers.

Earlier this year, Senate Republicans blocked debate on Democrats’ “For the People Act,” as IJR reported.

The effort to implement new federal voting laws comes as Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed several laws to implement stricter requirements for voting.

As The Washington Post reports, “Across the country, 17 states have enacted laws this year that tighten the rules around casting ballots and running elections.”

Continue reading at: IJL.com
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