The First Anniversary of January 6th by the Numbers

On December 17, 2020, Gallup polling found that 31% of Americans identified as Democrats, 25% identified as Republican, and 41% as Independent.

The GOP is losing its grip, according to the latest Gallup poll.

The number of Americans identifying as Republicans or as independents who lean toward the GOP dropped to 40% in the first quarter of 2021, compared with the number of Democrats or independents leaning toward the Democratic party hitting 49%. And that nine-percentage-point lead is the greatest Democratic advantage that Gallup has measured since the fourth quarter of 2012, when former President Barack Obama was re-elected.

Gallup routinely measures U.S. adults’ party identification and the political leanings of independents. The latest poll surveyed a random sample of 3,960 U.S. adults by phone between January and March of 2021. And while Democratic Party affiliation actually dropped by one point from the fourth quarter of 2020, to 30% — where it has hovered for most of the past eight years — the number of Americans identifying as independent rose to 44% from 38% last quarter. And this growing number of independents came at the expense of the Republican party, as 19% of independents said they lean Democrat, compared with 15% leaning Republican. Most of the remaining 11% of independents didn’t swing either way.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-number-of-americans-identifying-as-republican-is-the-lowest-its-been-in-a-decade-gallup-poll-11617812129

50% of Republicans believe and adhere to ‘the big lie’…

25% of Republicans believe that violence is the legitimate political response/reaction to the Biden presidency within the context of ‘the big lie’.

The Popular Vote in 2020:

Biden won 81,283,098 votes, or 51.3 percent of the votes cast. He is the first U.S. presidential candidate to have won more than 80 million votes. Trump won 74,222,958 votes, or 46.8 percent of the votes cast. That’s more votes than any other presidential candidate has ever won, with the exception of Biden.

This means that slightly more than 37 million Americans, roughly 10% of the population, believe that the election was stolen from Trump.

It also means that approximately 18 million Americans, roughly 5% of the population are prepared to resort to violence as the legitimate political response/reaction to the Biden presidency within the context of ‘the big lie’.

That’s a hell of a lot of people who would advocate the violent overthrow of the government….

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. 

Notes to keep in mind going forward to the midterm elections:

Do Not Underestimate the Power of Fools in Large Numbers…

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

—–MLK

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