According to a recent Reuters/ Ipsos poll, most voters currently view former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement as a “threat to democracy”. Most Republicans also said that the ideology presented by Trump is not indicative of what the party represents.
According to the poll, 58% of voters said that Trump’s MAGA was a threat. Of the Republicans asked in the survey 25% also agreed that the “MAGA forces” are a threat to democracy.
The survey occurred after President Joe Biden’s remarks earlier last week in which he had said that the Republic and democracy were threatened by the “MAGA Republicans”.
Biden’s speech was also a change in the Democratic strategy followed so far, as the party has been winning a lot of ground ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. The Democrats have won several special elections, while the Republicans have suffered another blow because of the FBI raid into former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
However, while the sentiment of those polls is similar to Biden’s speech, 59% of respondents said that they thought Biden’s speech would lead to further division in the country.
Trump has remained a popular figure in the Republican party, but many have also turned against him since the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol. According to the poll, around 60% of Republicans said that the views expressed by the former President are not in line with what the GOP represents.
In the meantime, as the midterm elections are approaching, President Biden’s approval rates remain low at 39%. Many are worried that this could lead to problems for the Democratic Party, which is going to have a challenging battle ahead if they want to retain Senate control.
The Reuters / Ipsos poll surveyed 1,003 individuals. Of those 411 identified as Democrats and 397 as Republicans.