When the question was posed a couple of weeks ago, 40% of Americans suspected we will never know the true outcome of the 2020 presidential election. The partisan divide wasn’t, with 37% of Democrats, 42% of independents, and 40% of Republicans feeling that way.
Now that the election has come and is in the process of being gone, the share of the population believing the real outcome of the election will never be known remains virtually unchanged at 41%. The partisan distribution, though, has changed considerably:
The vast majority of Republicans perceive the election to have been stolen and the true outcome indecipherable. The power structure is telling them to pound sand, assuring their distrust grows greater still over time. And if the GOP holds the Georgia senate seats in January’s runoff election? Democrats will have no faith in those results, either.
What happens to a democratic system when nobody trusts the results? It doesn’t tend to remain a democratic system for long. It’s time for peaceful separation on account of irreconcilable differences. If we don’t do it with relative amicability while we still can, we’re going to find ourselves forced by circumstances to go through it in an environment of hot animosity.