Poll shows America’s states divided with Trump’s MAGA seen as a threat

Former US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement threatens America’s democratic foundations, according to one in four Republicans taking part in a two-day poll.

While Trump remains popular among Republicans, his standing within the party has suffered since a mob of his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Days after Democratic President Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech attacking former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies as an extremist threat, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found a majority of Americans believe Trump’s move undermines democracy.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents in Wednesday’s two-day poll – including one in four Republicans – said Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement threatens America’s democratic foundations.

Biden’s Sept. 1 speech marked a turning point in his efforts to boost Democrats in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, when Republicans aim to take control of the U.S. Congress.

Speaking in Pennsylvania, a key electoral battleground, Biden urged voters to reject Trump and extremism. Republican leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, responded by calling Biden divisive.

The poll highlights the highly polarized state of American politics.

Fifty-nine percent of those polled said Biden’s speech would further divide the country, though about half of those polled said they hadn’t watched or followed the speech at all.

MAGA not representative of the GOP

While Trump remains popular among Republicans, his standing within the party has suffered since a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to block lawmakers from certifying Biden’s election victory. .

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 60% of Republicans don’t think Trump’s MAGA movement represents the majority of the party.

Biden’s approval ratings remain low, despite a string of recent legislative achievements. Just 39% of respondents said they approve of Biden’s professional performance as president, a level not far above the lowest levels Trump had during his presidency.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted online in English across the United States, collected responses from 1,003 adults, including 411 Democrats and 397 Republicans. It has a credibility interval — a measure of precision — of four percentage points.

Source: Reuters