According to a George Washington University poll on Americans’ trust in election systems and democratic values, roughly 47 percent of Republicans believe that there will come a time when “patriotic Americans will have to take the law into their own hands.”

The GW Politics Poll, which was conducted among more than 1,700 registered voters from June 4 to June 23 and was released this week, found that Democratic and Republican voters were practically unified in their support for ideals such as free and fair elections, free speech, and peaceful protest. However, about 55% of Republican respondents indicated they support the use of force to protect the “traditional American way of life,” compared to only 15% of Democrats.

Only 9% of Democrats agreed that “a time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands.”

Furthermore, Republicans were substantially less likely to have a high level of confidence in local and state elections.

85% of Democrats trusted local election officials, while 76% trusted state officials, compared to 63% and 44%, respectively, of Republican voters.

University researchers found a reduction in Republican confidence in the 2022 elections compared to the period preceding the 2020 elections, with only 28% of Republicans indicating they were optimistic in the next midterm elections, compared to 46% before the 2020 general elections.

In comparison, 76% of Democrats said they felt optimistic going into the 2020 elections, and nearly 75% said the same about the political battles next year.

Republican doubt in the integrity of U.S. elections has been growing in large part that widespread voter fraud resulted in inaccurate 2020 election results.

Other Results: 

Issue priorities by party:

  • 61% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats see addressing the pandemic as very or somewhat important.
  • 43% of Republicans and 92% of Democrats say addressing race in this country is very or somewhat important. 
  • 21% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats say that changing the nation’s gun laws is very or somewhat important. 
  • 28% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats see dealing with global climate change as somewhat or very important. 
  • 98% of Republicans think that strengthening the nation’s economy is very or somewhat important compared to the 89% of Democrats.

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