Americans are more accepting of Joe Biden’s presidential legitimacy than they were of Donald Trump’s four years ago, according to a new poll.
Democracy has survived liberals’ frequent resistance to recognizing the legitimacy of Republican presidents, so why all the media handwringing now?
The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, released Saturday, found that 69% of respondents said they believe Biden was legitimately elected.
When the same poll was conducted in Oct. 2017, only 57% of Americans said Trump’s election was legitimate.
- Majorities of Democrats and Republicans doubt the other party will accept election results in states they control, though Democrats are more skeptical of Republicans than vice versa, per the latest poll.
Ever since Biden’s 2020 victory and the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, the media has been filled with earnest warnings about how Republicans’ skepticism about the election supposedly spells doom for American democracy.
This is a big red flashing light of trouble for American democracy: https://t.co/te086mWip4
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) April 30, 2021
There was no corresponding concern during Trump’s presidency, and, in fact, the mainstream media stoked unfounded fears that Trump was a Russian asset.