The media’s all-out efforts to silence Americans who have questions about 2020 election integrity is backfiring.
Far from burying election questions, the effect of stifling free speech and attacking anyone who doubts the results is those questions now remain for millions of Americans.
A recent Morning Consult poll exposes the giant divide between Democrats who uncritically accept the results and the rest of America. Just to sum up the media’s censorship campaign: It’s not working.
“Republican trust in elections ticks down again: 33 percent of GOP voters say they trust U.S. elections, down from 38 percent last week,” Morning Consult reported on a Jan. 22-25 survey of 1,990 registered voters nationwide.
As you can see, the real gap in these numbers is not between Republicans and Independents, but between Democrats and the rest of American voters.
While touting that a pathetic “65 percent of voters say the election was free and fair,” it highlights the total as including 92 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of Republicans. As a bit of context, 74 million Americans voted for Donald Trump; one-third of just that number is nearly 50 million Americans.
These numbers largely track with Rasmussen’s, which found that even 30% of Democrats in the mid-November poll believed that it was likely “Democrats stole votes or destroyed pro-Trump ballots” in several states to win.
Rasmussen summed up its findings in a recent tweet on election integrity.
Note to Self-Appointed Elites: Almost half of ALL VOTERS are concerned about US election integrity:
– President Trump left office w/ a job approval of 51%.
– 47% of ALL VOTERS believe there was election fraud in Nov 2020.
– 45% of ALL VOTERS want a debate on election integrity. https://t.co/Vdyqyr96b7 pic.twitter.com/pVW0wg0qBS
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) January 31, 2021
As should be apparent to Big Tech and the mainstream media, when you shut down free speech and close off the open marketplace of ideas, Americans do not just quietly accept it and move on. If anything, it only fuels further distrust, and we are seeing that in the catastrophic public opinion numbers on U.S. elections.
Returning to the Morning Consult poll, you have to wonder if there is a certain aspect to the censorship that is “successful,” however:
Democrats are more motivated to vote in future elections based on the outcome of this election: 53 percent of Democrats say they are more motivated, compared to 36 percent of Republicans. Republicans are also three times more likely than Democrats to say they are less motivated, 15 percent compared to 5 percent.
This is a huge warning siren for Republican congressmembers and senators running in the 2020 election. The state legislatures better ensure that elections are widely believed to be “free and fair” by Republicans if you hope to ever see elected office again.
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