Extrapolating from these poll results, well over 100 million Americans do not expect the Trump administration to go gently into that good night after Joe Biden is declared the president-elect:
The 12% of respondents who answered “not sure” are included in these results of the residuals that are not shown. Among those with an opinion, half express an expectation of violence.
This is risible. Outside officially sanctioned government channels, the American right doesn’t get violent about anything. The corporate media is still going on about a single fatality three years ago in Charlottesville. Meanwhile left wing civil unrest costing dozens of lives, hundreds or thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in property damage across several major cities over the last several months goes largely unmentioned. An argument that the violence is justified can be made, and many on the left have made it. But the violence can’t justifiably be ignored. It is occurring and must be reckoned with.
Parenthetically, a feather in the cap of the intelligentsia on this one. We often ridicule the silly pedantism of the highly educated, but they have their feet more firmly planted on the ground in this case.
Or is this assessment missing the mark? One-in-three Republicans say they expect violence. Do they think other Republicans will be the ones perpetrating it, or do they plan to get kinetic if things don’t go their way in November? Really?
Rather inexplicably–because that’s how gaslighting goes–YouGov doesn’t ask respondents whether or not they expect a peaceful acceptance of another four-year term for Donald Trump if he wins re-election. One suspects that while the distribution would be a bit different demographically, well north of 100 million Americans wouldn’t expect that sequence of events to be pacific, either.
In the minds of many Americans, then, there will be war. God help us if it comes to that.