Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary turned MSNBC talking head, expressed shock on Tuesday that some Democrats will vote for candidates who questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
“Holy moly,” Psaki tweeted on Tuesday, referring to the latest New York Times/Siena College poll.
The NY Times/Siena poll discovered that nearly 40% of registered voters are open to supporting candidates who questioned the outcome of the 2020 election results.
Breaking down those results along demographic lines, 71% of Republican voters said they are opening to supporting such candidates, while 37% of independent voters and 12% of Democratic voters also admitted they are open to supporting those candidates.
Meanwhile, the poll found that 71% of registered voters believe American democracy is “under threat” versus 21% of registered voters who do not.
The result of the poll suggests that American voters are susceptible to Democratic rhetoric that claims Republicans are threatening American democracy. But the results also prove that, when the rubber meets the road, voters are apathetic to that alleged threat or they do not believe that questioning election outcomes endangers democracy.
At the very least, it shows voters care most about other issues like the economy, inflation, and crime.
“I don’t believe that their opinion on whether or not the election was quote unquote stolen is important. … I’m far more concerned about their stance on policies that actually matter,” one independent voter told the Times. “How do you feel about the state of the economy?”
Perhaps the greatest irony of the NY Times/Siena poll is that respondents who said they believe democracy is under threat were more likely to attribute that threat to Democrats than Republicans.
At any rate, the poll results undermine the trite Democratic narrative that says so-called “MAGA Republicans” pose an existential threat to democracy because they do not accept the results of elections. Clearly, a significant portion of the electorate disagrees.