The Republican Party is the greatest threat to American democracy today. It is a radical and obstructive faction that has become hostile to the most basic democratic norm: that the other side must exercise power when it wins the elections.
A few years ago, these statements may have sounded like partisan democratic hyperbole. But in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and Trump’s acquittal in the Senate on charges of inciting him, they seem more like a simple description of where we are as a country.
But how deep is the GOP’s problem with democracy, really? How did things go so badly? And is it likely to get worse?
Below are 13 charts illustrating the depth of the problem and how we got here. The story they tell makes you think: at every level, from the elite down to the rank and file voters, the party is permeated with undemocratic political attitudes and programs. And the prospects for bailing out the Republican Party, at least in the short term, look bleak indeed.
Republicans of today really hate Democrats and democracy 1) Trump supporters have embraced undemocratic ideas
This graph shows the results from a two-part poll, conducted between late 2020 and early 2021, among Trump’s staunchest supporters. Political scientists behind the poll, Rachel Blum and Christian Parker, have identified so-called “MAGA voters” from their pro-Trump activity. Facebook pages. Their subjects are …