WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden’s divisive speech on primetime television on September 1 where he accused former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans” of being a threat to “the very foundations of our republic” has apparently been met with a high degree of disapproval amongst Americans, according to the results of a new poll.
During the 24-minute speech held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Biden, 79, said that Trump and his supporters are so extreme that they actually represent a danger to the United States.
“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said. “There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.”
It appears that the public’s perception of Biden’s speech wasn’t positive, as a poll by the Trafalgar Group for the Convention of States Action notes that, overall, 56.8 percent of likely election voters viewed it to be ”a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict amongst Americans.”
When broken down by identified political party, 89.1 percent of Republicans thought the speech was “a dangerous escalation in rhetoric,” with that number being 62.4 percent among Independents and just 18.7 percent for Democrats.
In contrast, only 4.7 percent of Republicans found the content of Biden’s speech to be acceptable, followed by 31 percent of Independents and 70.8 percent of Democrats.
The poll was conducted from September 2 to September 5 and involved 1,084 likely general election voters.