A VAST MAJORITY….
Trump’s trial ballon has landed with a thud…..
The lion’s share of Americans believes that respecting the results of elections and the peaceful transfer of power are essential elements of American democracy, according to a new national poll conducted by Ipsos in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
By a 77%-16% margin, respondents did not think that the 2020 election should be delayed and President Donald Trump given an extra two years in office. This question was based on a recent tweet by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell suggesting that because of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the president’s term should be extended two years (Trump retweeted Falwell). There were partisan differences on this question: Democrats said no overwhelmingly, 89%-9%, while Republicans said no by a smaller 62%-31% margin.
Just 7% of respondents said that if Trump loses the 2020 election, he should ignore the results and stay in office.
Overall, about nine in 10 respondents said that the “peaceful handover of power after elections” and “both parties respecting the results of elections” were essential for the “healthy functioning of American democracy.”
A majority of respondents agreed with the statement that “Donald Trump does not respect the customs or traditions of the Presidency” (61% overall, and 86% of Democrats) and that he “does not respect the laws of the United States” (56% overall, and 83% of Democrats)…..