Joe Biden isn’t fooling anyone. While President Trump couldn’t get a single court to pay attention to the evidence that there was something fishy with the 2020 election, voters are not fooled at all. A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll reveals that only 17% of Trump voters believe that Biden was legitimately elected.
With unconstitutionally-changed election laws, widespread reports of fraud that were dismissed by the news media and ignored by courts, and numerous other factors, it’s very hard to believe that Joe Biden is sitting in the Oval Office entirely by legitimate means. While some Trump voters are uncertain that Biden was legitimately elected, a whopping 73 percent say he wasn’t.
The same poll revealed that nearly half of Trump voters would abandon the GOP and go with him to the third party — bad news for establishment Republicans, who have been trying to score political points with Democrats by abandoning President Trump. The poll says that this is the wrong move — half say the party should become more loyal to President Trump, while only 19 percent say the opposite. In a poll question that asked whether voters’ loyalty was to Trump or the Republican Party, 54 percent said Trump. Only 34 percent said they are more loyal to the GOP. In addition, trust in mainstream media is falling:
There are disquieting findings in the poll for Fox News, which has prospered as the dominant news source for conservatives. In a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll in October 2016, 58% of Trump voters said Fox was their most trusted source of news. In the new poll, that drops to 34%.
Trust has risen in two relatively new outlets that have made their reputations by championing Trump. Newsmax is the most trusted among 17% of Trump voters, followed by 9% for One American News Network, or OANN.
And while some Republicans have thrown Trump under the bus, accusing him of inciting a terrorist attack on January 6, 90 percent of Trump voters say he was not responsible. A further 8 in 10 say protesters would have entered the Capitol without his influence.
The fact is that the GOP needs Trump, not the other way around. And while it’s OK to disagree with him, we all lose if the party shoves the former President out the door.