According to a new study, more than half of all respondents fear former President Trump will operate like a tyrant if re-elected.
According to the Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, 56 percent of those polled believe Trump, the obvious front-runner for the Republican nomination, will operate like a dictator if given a second term, with nearly 40 percent strongly agreeing.
According to the study, 59 percent of voters feel Democrats are unnecessarily scaring voters about Trump’s desire to be a dictator.
The results came after Trump stated and reiterated comments that if re-elected, he would operate as a dictator, but only on “day one” of his second term.
“Democratic talking points are having an impact on Trump,” Mark Penn, head of the Harvard CAPS-Harris survey, said. Penn went on to say that the survey results indicate that Americans are concerned that if Trump is elected, he will abuse his power.
According to the study, over half of all respondents feel Trump would be a threat to democracy if re-elected, with Democrats largely believing this and Republicans overwhelmingly disagreeing. Independents were evenly divided on the issue.
In a hypothetical head-to-head match-up, Trump leads President Biden by 5 points, 47 percent to 42 percent, with 12 percent unsure, according to pollsters. With undecided voters compelled to vote, Trump’s margin shrinks to 4 percentage points, 52 percent to 48 percent.
Trump made the remarks about being a dictator during a town hall with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity earlier this month when Hannity challenged him about claims that Trump intends to use more authoritarian techniques if re-elected president next year.
“To be clear, do you in any way have any plans whatsoever, if reelected president, to abuse power, to break the law, to use the government to go after people?” Hannity inquired.
“‘You’re not going to be a dictator, are you?’ he says.” Except on day one, I said no, no, no. We’re shutting down the border and drilling, drilling, drilling. “I’m not a dictator after that,” Trump declared.
Following the remark, Biden remarked at a fundraiser that no one should question that democracy is at risk.
“Trump is no longer hiding the ball. He’s clearly stating his intentions. “He’s not hiding anything,” Biden added.
The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey of 2,034 registered voters was conducted on December 13 and 14. It is a cooperation between Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll.
The poll is based on an online sample selected from the Harris Panel that has been weighted to reflect known demographics. It does not provide a probability confidence interval as a representative online sample.