Stop the Steal Sentiment Still Going Strong
According to an April survey conducted for CNN, the majority of Republicans believe Donald Trump won the 2020 election. The survey indicates that 70 percent of Republicans believe Trump’s false allegations of victory. Just 23 percent believe Biden’s victory was legitimate. Stop the steal sentiment is still going strong.
According to FiveThirtyEight, these numbers are similar to survey results from January. Clearly, the sentiment that led to the capitol attack is still coursing through the conservative party. Liberals must prepare to fight for congressional seats and moderate conservatives must push their party for progress.
Liberals face an uphill battle
Liberals hold a slim majority in Congress. The party is well aware that their lead could be lost in the 2022 election.
In addition to strong distrust from the far-right, new congressional districts created from the 2020 census pose a threat. Any missteps during the Biden administration could also lose the party critical support.
This puts enormous pressure on current elected liberals to pass legislation that’s popular across parties. By keeping moderates and liberals happy, Democrats may be able to maintain power. It also requires that liberals exploit the Republican party’s weaknesses, which will be difficult given how divided the party is.
Moderate conservatives face identity crisis
The conservative party’s identity crisis has been an issue for years. While the majority of the Republican Party supports Trump, a sizable minority prefers less populist candidates. That minority needs to increase its voice within the party to prevent the party from traveling further down the road of populism.
Moderate Republicans have an opportunity now to support reasonable lawmakers like Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, who can turn the party around. The alternative is to create a new party, or to continue feeling unrepresented and frustrated with the American political landscape.