An Online Panel of Republicans Is Nuts

This is another reason to ignore online panels of polls

“Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million ‘illegals’ not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House advisory committee on voter fraud.

Claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? Our recent survey suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.”

The polling was based on an online sample, which makes me skeptical in general, but come on, let’s admit that what we have seen of Republican polling lately makes this at least plausible.

The country is rapidly moving toward right-wing authoritarianism against left-wing totalitarianism. We can mock and scorn these Republicans, but we all know if Hillary were elected there’d be a significant portion of Democrats feeling the same way. Just look at Democrat support for shutting down speech they do not like.

The country has lost its moral anchor. As the true church crumbles and charlatans like Robert Jeffress get more than their 15 minutes of fame, the United States is rushing towards a state of nature where the fittest survive and the weakest are aborted.

The chief problem I have with these polls is that they focus on the Republicans right now because of Trump and the truth is that both sides now have deeply held beliefs that are antithetical to a republican democracy.

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Erick Erickson

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