New Poll claims Trump trusted more than Biden on democracy among key swing-state voters

By Donald A. Collins | 27 June 2024
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A story in the 6/26/24 Washington Post entitled “Trump trusted more than Biden on democracy among key swing-state voters” begins by telling us that “A poll shows that Americans rate threats to democracy as an important issue, but that the president has yet to convince them he is the one to defend it.”

The Deciders poll was conducted by The Washington Post and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government April 15 to May 30, 2024, among a stratified random sample of 3,513 registered voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The sample was drawn from the L2 database of registered voters in each state, with voters contacted by mail, phone (including calling and texting) and email to complete the survey online or by phone. Results for the overall sample of voters in key states have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points, and the error margin is larger among the sample of Deciders and those who are locked-in voters for either Trump or Biden.

Certainly, the June 25th Washington Post article asks, “Who is ahead in 2024 presidential polls right now” tells us Trump is “leading in 4 or 7 battleground states that are most likely to determine the outcome of the election.” However, all are close enough to swing either way.

But why is Trump ahead on who is better for freedom after Biden

In speeches and campaign ads, Biden points to Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, his incitement of an angry mob that ransacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and the former president’s boasts that he will use the powers of his office to punish his political enemies.

But that message may not be resonating with the voters Biden needs in order to win another term in the White House.

In six swing states that Biden narrowly won in 2020, a little more than half of voters classified as likely to decide the presidential election say threats to democracy are extremely important to their vote for president, according to a poll by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Yet, more of them trust Trump to handle those threats than Biden. And most believe that the guardrails in place to protect democracy would hold even if a dictator tried to take over the country.

The results offer troubling indicators for Biden, who needs voters who may be unenthusiastic about his candidacy to decide they must reject Trump to preserve America’s system of representative government.

“Many Americans don’t recognize Biden’s custodianship of our democracy, which is a bad sign for his campaign,” said Justin Gest, a professor of policy and government at George Mason University.

In short, the extensive polling

the views of 3,513 registered voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in April and May. Of those surveyed, 2,255 were classified as “Deciders” — those who fit into one or more categories: They voted in only one of the past two presidential elections; are between ages 18 and 25; registered to vote since 2022; did not definitely plan to vote for either Biden or Trump this year; or switched their support between 2016 and 2020.”

Some polled don’t think democracy can be destroyed by Trump but “Derinn Wallace, a 30-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., said she is voting for Biden despite her disappointments with some of his policies because she fears that Trump would destroy democracy.

Read the entire article here.

In this certain to be a tight race those opinions will be decisive, and Biden has a true challenge to sway the deciders, as most voters from both parties have already decided.

Final thoughts: Trump offers more freedom along with his MAGA voters and the decisions made by the majority of the Supreme Court on the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms, including automatic guns which kill more citizens every day.

If freedom is limiting choice for women’s right to abortion, the recent voting record does not favor Trump.

If voters embrace the definition of freedom as attacks on everyone who opposed him, including Biden, Americans are facing chaos at a time when we can least afford to all in isolationism.

Despite Trump’s rhetoric, America is already great!!!!!!!! Although we are the most successful economic and militarily powerful nation in the world, if we elect Trump so he can pursue retribution, the dismantling of our government, the attempted throttling of the free press wherever possible and calling those burgeoning environmental disasters a hoax, or distorting the immigration crisis by standing in the way of bipartisan legislation we will define freedom to court disaster and encourage the growing attacks worldwide on freedom.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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