Majority of Americans Say MAGA Movement Is a Threat to Democracy, Poll Finds
New polling finds that a majority of Americans view Donald Trump’s far right political movement as a threat to American democracy.
According to a survey done by Reuters/Ipsos last week, 58 percent of respondents believe that Trump’s so-called Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement threatens to undermine democracy.
The poll found that one in four Republicans also agree that MAGA is threatening democracy. Though this number does not represent the majority of Republicans, it shows that a significant portion of the party’s base rejects the extremist bent that many mainstream Republicans have embraced in recent years. The survey also found that 60 percent of Republicans don’t think MAGA represents the majority of the party.
The findings add to evidence from other recent polls that Trump’s popularity — if it existed in the first place — is waning. Only a third of voters in a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll said they believe Trump should run for president again, while 61 percent said he shouldn’t.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted in the days following President Joe Biden’s speeches warning of the threat of “semi-fascism” within the Republican Party, in which Biden issued his strongest rebukes of the right since he took office.