#UK U.S. democracy is on the verge of COLLAPSE, majority of voters say  #UKnews

#UK U.S. democracy is on the verge of COLLAPSE, majority of voters say  #UKnews

#UK U.S. democracy is on the verge of COLLAPSE, majority of voters say  #UKnews

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing, according to a new poll: Democracy is under threat.

The Quinnipiac University poll, published on Wednesday, found that some 67 percent of all of those surveyed believed that democracy was in danger.

That total included 72 percent of registered Democratic voters and 70 percent of Republicans.

Details were published just ahead of a major set-piece speech on Thursday by President Joe Biden on what the White House bills as the ‘battle for the soul of the nation,’ in which he is expected to blast Donald Trump and his allies for undermining the nation’s democracy.

At the same time, Trump has been accusing Biden of politicizing the F.B.I. in an effort to knock him out of the 2024 election before it has even started.

The result is left and right portraying their enemies as a threat to democracy.  

‘In a rare moment of agreement, Americans coalesce around an ominous concern. Democracy, the bedrock of the nation, is in peril,’ said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

Former President Donald Trump

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden is expected to take aim at former President Donald Trump in a speech on Thursday evening, as he delivers remarks on ‘the battle for the soul of the nation’

Trump and his supporters accuse the Biden administration of politicizing the F.B.I. for the way it has gone after the president and its search of his Mar-a-Lago home last month

Trump and his supporters accuse the Biden administration of politicizing the F.B.I. for the way it has gone after the president and its search of his Mar-a-Lago home last month

Biden and his supporters trace Republican attacks on democracy to January 6 last year and beyond, accusing them of trying to overturn the will of the electorate

Biden and his supporters trace Republican attacks on democracy to January 6 last year and beyond, accusing them of trying to overturn the will of the electorate

The survey of 1584 adults found the proportion of Americans who fear for democracy is up nine points since January.

It follows a recent NBC News poll that revealed how threats to democracy were seen as the most important issue facing the country.

Some 21 percent of respondents ranked threats to democracy as the most important issue, ahead of 16 percent who said the cost of living and 14 percent who put jobs and economy top billing.

That is the backdrop for Biden’s Philadelphia speech in primetime on Thursday.

He is expected to build on horror at the way Trump supporters ransacked the U.S. Capitol as they sought to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election to position Democrats as the defenders of democracy.

And an official told the Associated Press that he will hark back to 2017 and the white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, to make his case.

‘When we talk about our democracy, when we talk about our freedoms, the way that he sees it is the MAGA Republicans are the most energized part of the Republican Party,’ said Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre a day before the speech.

‘This is an extreme threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights.’

Biden is putting democracy at the heart of his party’s campaign to hold the House and the Senate in November’s midterms. 

During a fundraiser in Maryland last week he condemned an ‘extreme MAGA philosophy’ – using shorthand for Donald Trump and his Make American Great Again movement – as ‘almost like semi-fascism.’

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks Thursday on what the White House is calling 'the battle for the soul of the nation'

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is due to give a 'prebuttal' ahead of Biden's speech

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks Thursday on what the White House is calling ‘the battle for the soul of the nation.’ On Thursday morning Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said the president was vilifying tens of millions of Americans who simply wanted to make sure they had a say in their kids’ education and who wanted gas prices to come down

On Tuesday, he railed against attacks on the FBI by Trump supporters as ‘sickening.’ 

That has angered Republicans, who say Biden is vilifying tens of millions of ordinary voters who want more say in how their lives are governed.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy will deliver a ‘prebuttal’ ahead of the president’s speech. 

During a morning TV appearance, he accused Biden of trying to distract from crippling inflation and other economic woes.

‘The problem with Joe Biden is he does not understand the soul of America,’ he said during an appearance on Fox and Friends. 

‘Tens of millions of hardworking, law abiding citizens that he vilifies, that simply want to have a say in their kids’ education, to go to a school board meeting, want a gasoline price that they can afford, no longer wants inflation to continue to rise, afraid to go out in the streets to be safe again. 

‘They want a stronger, safer, more prosperous America and all he does is vilify them to distract from the disasters.’

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