Voters overwhelmingly concerned about threats to democracy

A new national Public Policy Polling survey finds that a large majority (84 percent) of voters have seen, heard, or read a lot or some about the investigation into what happened on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol and the events leading up to it. Americans support the
investigation by a 20-point margin (55-35) and a majority (64 percent) say the Jan. 6
investigation is important to protecting democracy.There are also three tactics standing out most to voters as major threats to democracy.

• 83 percent say that politicians changing the rules of voting to benefit their party is a
major threat, including 84 percent of Democrats, 84 percent of independents, and 80 percent of Republicans. Only 4 percent say it isn’t much of a threat.
●72 percent say politicians overturning election results when they don’t win is a major
threat, including 89 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Republicans, and 61 percent of
independents. Just 13 percent say it isn’t much of a threat.
● 69 percent say politicians who lie and spread conspiracies to undermine election results is a major threat, including 89 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Republicans, and 58 percent of independents. Only 11 percent say it isn’t much of a threat.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 528 national registered voters from Sept. 22-23, 2022.The margin of error is +/- 4.3 percent. 58 percent of interviews for the survey were conducted by text message and 42 percent by telephone.

The Business for Democracy campaign has established eight state small business collaboratives to use the trusted voice of small business to elevate the issue of democracy to be a top concern for voters and stressing the need for Congressional candidates to support passing voting reforms.  Small business owners understand that a strong democracy is essential for a vibrant entrepreneurial economy.  Business for Democracy is a campaign of the American Sustainable Business Network.