Stunning data from a New York Times/Siena poll shows that the majority of registered voters believe the media is a “threat” to democracy.
Poll details released Tuesday showed that a whopping 71% of the 792 registered voters polled say “American democracy is currently under threat.”
Among those who fear democracy, 84% of them, or about 60% of all registered voters, see the “mainstream media” as some kind of threat. A majority, 59%, call the media a “major threat to democracy” while another 25% call it a “minor threat to democracy”. Only 15% who say democracy is threatened do not blame the media.
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Registered voters are even united against the media despite their party affiliation. 95% of Republicans, 83% of independents and even 70% of Democrats who believe democracy is under threat say the media is some kind of threat. But while 80% of these Republicans and 53% of these independents call the media a “major” threat, only 38% of these Democrats feel the same way.
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Among those who say democracy is threatened, the media ranks Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Republicans, Democrats, the Supreme Court, the Electoral College, mail-in voting and voting machines as a major threat to democracy.
67% of registered voters collectively view Trump as a threat to democracy, and 84% of those Democrats called the former president a “major threat.” 60% of registered voters collectively said the same about Biden, and 78% of those Republicans called the current president a “major threat.”
70% of these independents see Trump as some kind of threat to democracy, while 62% of them felt the same about Biden.
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Democrats who say democracy is under threat also cited the Supreme Court and the Electoral College as prominent threats, while Republicans similarly cited the federal government and voting by mail and voting machines.