January 11, 2021 - 74% Of Voters Say Democracy In The U.S. Is Under Threat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 52% Say President Trump Should Be Removed From Office Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Following last week's mob attack on the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress to formally certify Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of voters say democracy in the United States is under threat, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University national poll of registered voters released today. Just 21 percent of voters say that democracy in the United States is alive and well.

"When it comes to whether American democracy is under threat, both Republicans and Democrats see a raging five-alarm fire, but clearly disagree on who started it," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

PRESIDENT TRUMP

A majority of voters, 56 percent, say they hold President Trump responsible for the storming of the U.S. Capitol, while 42 percent say they do not hold him responsible.

A slight majority, 52 - 45 percent, say President Trump should be removed from office. Voters also say 53 - 43 percent that he should resign as president.

"A majority of Americans hold President Trump responsible for the chaos at the Capitol, and a slight majority believe that he should be removed from office," added Malloy.

President Trump has a negative 33 - 60 percent job approval rating, which is a substantial drop from the negative 44 - 51 percent rating he received in December of 2020.

The president's job approval rating today ties his all-time low, which he received in August of 2017.

Voters are divided on whether they think President Trump is mentally stable. Forty-five percent say he is mentally stable, while 48 percent say he is not mentally stable. The findings are nearly identical to responses from a January 2018 poll, when 45 percent of voters said they thought Trump was mentally stable and 47 percent said he was not.

UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY

Voters say 60 - 34 percent that President Trump is undermining, not protecting, democracy. There are sharp political divides on this question. Democrats say 95 - 4 percent and independents say 64 - 28 percent that Trump is undermining democracy, while Republicans say 73 - 20 percent that Trump is protecting democracy.

Voters say 58 - 34 percent that the Republican members of Congress who tried to stop the formal certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election were undermining democracy. Democrats say 90 - 9 percent and independents say 61 - 29 percent that the lawmakers were undermining democracy, and Republicans say 70 - 23 percent that they were protecting democracy.

Eight in 10 voters (80 percent) say the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were undermining democracy. Ten percent say they were protecting democracy and another 10 percent are unsure. Democrats say 95 - 3 percent, independents say 80 - 9 percent, and Republicans say 70 - 17 percent that they were undermining democracy.

STORMING OF THE CAPITOL

Voters are split on whether they consider what happened at the U.S. Capitol a coup attempt or not. Forty-seven percent say they consider it a coup attempt, 43 percent say they do not, and 10 percent say they are unsure. There is a near unanimous view among voters, 91 - 6 percent, that the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th should be held accountable for their actions.

Voters also say, 81 - 12 percent, that extremism is a big problem in the United States.

"Pick them up and lock them up. There's no ambivalence on how to treat the mobs that breached the Capitol, and there is nearly the same level of alarm from Republicans and Democrats over extremism establishing a troubling foothold," added Malloy.

About 7 in 10 voters (71 percent) say that law enforcement officials did not do everything they could to prevent the initial storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, while 19 percent say they did.

Seventy percent of voters say they are either very (35 percent) or somewhat (35 percent) concerned about the safety of elected officials in the United States, while 29 percent say they are either not so concerned (13 percent) or not concerned at all (16 percent).

2020 VOTER FRAUD

More than half of voters (58 percent) say they believe there was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, while 37 percent of voters do believe there was widespread voter fraud. That is almost identical to the response in December 2020, when voters said 58 - 38 percent that there was no widespread voter fraud.

Republicans say 73 - 21 percent that they believe there was widespread voter fraud. Democrats say 93 - 5 percent and independents say 60 - 36 percent that they do not believe there was widespread voter fraud.

BIDEN EXPECTATIONS

Looking ahead to when Joe Biden takes office, 31 percent of voters say they think he will be able to unite the country and 56 percent say they expect partisan divisions to remain the same as they are today. Fourteen percent are unsure.

1,239 self-identified registered voters nationwide were surveyed from January 7th - 10th with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts gold standard surveys using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts nationwide surveys and polls in more than twenty states on national and statewide elections, as well as public policy issues.

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1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              33%    71%     4%    28%    41%    26%    27%    46%
Disapprove           60     20     94     65     50     68     68     48
DK/NA                 7      9      2      7      9      6      5      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              23%    31%    40%    35%    46%    32%    39%    12%    19%
Disapprove           70     59     55     58     48     62     56     78     69
DK/NA                 7     10      5      6      6      5      6      9     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jan 11, 2021         33      60       7 
Dec 10, 2020         44      51       5
Jul 15, 2020         36      60       4
Jun 18, 2020         42      55       3
May 20, 2020         42      53       5
Apr 08, 2020         45      51       5 
Mar 09, 2020         41      54       5
Feb 10, 2020         43      53       3 
Jan 28, 2020         43      52       5 
Jan 13, 2020         43      52       5 
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1a. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove q1) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve strongly     26%    58%     3%    21%    30%    22%    20%    38%
Approve smwht         7     13      1      6     10      4      6      7
Disapprove smwht      5      4      2      9      6      4      5      6
Disapprove strongly  54     15     91     55     43     63     64     42
DK/NA                 8     10      3      8     10      7      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve strongly     14%    25%    33%    30%    34%    28%    31%     3%    16%
Approve smwht         9      6      7      6     10      4      7      9      2
Disapprove smwht      9      5      3      4      5      5      5      6      5
Disapprove strongly  61     52     51     54     43     56     50     71     62
DK/NA                 7     12      7      7      7      7      7     11     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president? COMBINED WITH: (If approve/disapprove) Do you strongly or somewhat approve/disapprove?
                     APPROVE......   DISAPPROVE.....
                     Strngly Smwht   Smwht   Strngly DK/NA
 
Jan 11, 2021         26       7       5      54       8
Dec 10, 2020         36       7       5      47       5 
Jul 15, 2020         25      10       6      54       5
Jun 18, 2020         32      10       6      48       4 
May 20, 2020         28      14       7      46       5
Apr 08, 2020         32      13       8      42       5
Mar 09, 2020         30      11       7      47       5
Feb 10, 2020         35       9       6      47       4 
Jan 28, 2020         34       8       6      47       5
Jan 13, 2020         34       9       6      46       6
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2. Do you believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Believe          37%    73%     5%    36%    43%    32%    30%    52%
No                   58     21     93     60     52     64     67     43
DK/NA                 5      6      2      5      5      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Believe          28%    36%    43%    39%    49%    38%    43%    13%    23%
No                   66     57     54     58     46     58     52     81     72
DK/NA                 6      7      3      3      4      4      4      6      5
 
TREND: Do you believe there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, or not?
                     Yes/ 
                     Believe No      DK/NA
 
Jan 11, 2021         37      58       5
Dec 10, 2020         38      58       3
 
 
3. As president, do you think that Joe Biden will be able to unite the country after he takes office, or do you expect partisan divisions to remain the same as they are today?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Able to unite        31%     9%    54%    29%    21%    39%    27%    25%
Expect divisions     56     81     32     56     65     48     62     63
DK/NA                14     10     14     15     14     14     11     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Able to unite        27%    27%    31%    34%    16%    34%    26%    46%    40%
Expect divisions     59     57     56     52     73     53     62     36     43
DK/NA                13     16     13     14     11     12     12     18     17
 
 
4. Which comes closer to your point of view: democracy in the United States is alive and well or democracy in the United States is under threat?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Alive and well       21%    20%    22%    23%    24%    18%    22%    18%
Under threat         74     77     76     70     70     77     74     78
DK/NA                 5      2      3      8      6      5      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Alive and well       28%    21%    17%    17%    22%    17%    19%    28%    21%
Under threat         64     75     79     78     73     80     77     65     70
DK/NA                 9      4      3      5      4      3      4      7     10
 
 
5. Do you think that extremism is a big problem in the United States, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Big problem      81%    79%    88%    79%    74%    87%    87%    81%
No                   12     12      9     13     18      6     10      9
DK/NA                 7      9      4      8      8      7      4     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Big problem      76%    83%    81%    86%    79%    88%    83%    79%    81%
No                   16     11     12      7     14      5      9     17     12
DK/NA                 8      5      6      7      8      7      7      4      7
 
 
6. Do you think that - the Republican members of Congress who tried to stop the formal certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election were undermining democracy or protecting democracy?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Undermining          58%    23%    90%    61%    49%    65%    66%    49%
Protecting           34     70      9     29     43     27     28     44
DK/NA                 8      7      1     10      9      8      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Undermining          67%    57%    53%    55%    46%    64%    56%    76%    57%
Protecting           24     33     41     37     46     31     38     20     30
DK/NA                 9     10      6      8      8      6      7      4     13
 
 
7. Do you think that - President Trump is undermining democracy or protecting democracy?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Undermining          60%    20%    95%    64%    51%    68%    68%    48%
Protecting           34     73      4     28     42     27     28     47
DK/NA                 6      7      1      8      7      6      5      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Undermining          74%    57%    56%    56%    48%    62%    55%    83%    68%
Protecting           20     36     40     38     48     33     40     14     23
DK/NA                 6      8      4      6      5      5      5      2      9
 
 
8. Do you think that - the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th were undermining democracy or protecting democracy?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Undermining          80%    70%    95%    80%    74%    85%    87%    77%
Protecting           10     17      3      9     13      7      5     13
DK/NA                10     13      2     10     12      7      7     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Undermining          82%    80%    81%    81%    76%    84%    81%    94%    81%
Protecting            8     11     11      9     13      7     10      5      7
DK/NA                10      8      8     10     11      8      9      -     12
 
 
9. Do you think that President Trump should resign as president, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Resign           53%    17%    87%    54%    44%    60%    59%    42%
No                   43     81     10     40     52     34     38     52
DK/NA                 4      3      3      6      3      5      3      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Resign           58%    50%    50%    54%    43%    54%    49%    67%    60%
No                   34     45     47     44     54     40     47     26     37
DK/NA                 8      6      3      2      3      6      4      7      2
 
 
10. Do you think that President Trump should be removed from office, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Removed          52%    10%    89%    55%    41%    62%    58%    38%
No                   45     87      9     43     55     36     39     59
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      4      2      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Removed          60%    49%    49%    51%    37%    52%    45%    76%    65%
No                   37     47     48     46     60     45     52     22     34
DK/NA                 3      3      3      3      3      3      3      2      2
 
 
11. Do you think that President Trump is mentally stable, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Stable           45%    85%     9%    41%    56%    35%    36%    58%
No                   48     11     84     50     36     59     57     37
DK/NA                 7      4      7      9      8      7      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Stable           41%    47%    47%    44%    59%    42%    50%    31%    31%
No                   52     45     47     50     35     54     45     60     58
DK/NA                 7      8      6      6      7      4      5      9     11
 
TREND: Do you think that President Trump is mentally stable, or not?
                     Yes/
                     Stable  No      DK/NA
 
Jan 11, 2021         45      48       7
Mar 26, 2019         48      44       8
Sep 10, 2018         48      42      10
Jan 17, 2018         45      47       8
 
 
12. Do you consider what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th a coup attempt, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  47%    17%    77%    47%    36%    56%    50%    40%
No                   43     71     16     43     54     33     44     50
DK/NA                10     12      7     10     10     11      6     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  55%    46%    45%    46%    34%    52%    43%    71%    55%
No                   36     44     46     45     59     38     47     19     31
DK/NA                 9     10     10      9      8     11      9     11     14
 
 
13. Do you want to see the individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th held accountable for their actions, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Held accountable 91%    87%    99%    89%    88%    93%    94%    89%
No                    6     10      1      9      8      5      4      9
DK/NA                 3      4      -      2      4      2      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Held accountable 89%    91%    91%    93%    88%    92%    91%    94%    95%
No                    8      8      6      4      8      6      7      6      2
DK/NA                 3      1      3      3      4      2      3      -      3
 
 
14. Do you hold President Trump responsible for the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Responsible      56%    17%    94%    58%    48%    64%    64%    46%
No                   42     80      6     39     51     33     35     52
DK/NA                 2      3      1      3      1      3      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Responsible      65%    54%    54%    57%    46%    58%    53%    75%    64%
No                   35     43     45     41     53     39     45     25     34
DK/NA                 1      3      -      2      1      3      2      -      1
 
 
15. Do you think that law enforcement officials did everything they could to prevent the initial storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  19%    27%    11%    23%    17%    21%    16%    24%
No                   71     61     84     68     72     71     75     65
DK/NA                10     12      5      9     11      8      9     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  20%    19%    18%    19%    20%    22%    21%    15%    15%
No                   71     71     70     74     70     67     68     82     77
DK/NA                 8     10     12      7     10     11     11      4      8
 
 
16. How concerned are you about the safety of elected officials in the United States: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned, or not concerned at all?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very concerned       35%    24%    51%    29%    26%    43%    32%    30%
Somewhat concerned   35     33     41     34     33     38     42     36
Not so concerned     13     20      4     16     17      9     13     13
Not concerned at all 16     22      4     19     23      9     11     19
DK/NA                 2      1      -      3      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very concerned       26%    33%    40%    41%    23%    37%    31%    53%    43%
Somewhat concerned   40     32     35     34     35     41     38     33     28
Not so concerned     19     13      9     10     18      8     13      8     13
Not concerned at all 14     20     15     12     22     11     16      5     16
DK/NA                 1      1      1      3      2      2      2      1      -