Biden confronts the left

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Democrats are trying to settle their differences as Biden prepares to take office. But across party lines, a lot seems impassable. It’s Friday, and this is your policy advice sheet.

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Biden has placed a message of national unity at the heart of his presidential transition, but he faces the challenge of bringing together a country that simply can no longer agree on basic facts.

The depth of the rift can be seen in a handful of recent polls, which have revealed a fundamental disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over the very legitimacy of Biden’s victory.

In one Quinnipiac University survey published yesterday, 70% of registered Republican voters said Biden’s victory was not legitimate, while only 23% said so. Among registered white male voters, only 47% said Biden won fairly.

Comparatively, 98% of Democrats said Biden legitimately won.

When asked if there had been significant voter fraud – as the Trump administration has repeatedly claimed but failed to find – 77% of Republicans said yes. Ninety-seven percent of Democrats said no.

The results of this survey are consistent with those of a Pew Research Center survey conducted in mid-November, after most major news organizations called the election, but before President Trump’s legal team suffered some of its most humiliating losses in court.

While 94% of Biden voters said they were at least somewhat confident the election was “well organized and administered,” only 21% of Trump voters said the same. And while 82% of Biden voters were very confident that their own vote had been accurately counted, that number dropped to 35% among Trump voters.

The Pew poll, released Nov. 20, found most Trump voters were uninterested in the past: 85% said the president should continue his “legal challenges to the voting process in multiple states.”

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