In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, we assess the state of American democracy with the help of a new Bright Line Watch survey, a group of political scientists that monitors threats to our democratic systems.
Former President Donald Trump’s false message that the U.S. elections are fraudulent has permeated much of the Republican Party, particularly at the state level, where candidates are running with those ideas and lawmakers are passing laws they say are designed to prevent the fraud.
On Monday, dozens of Democrats from the Texas House of Representatives left the state to try to avoid passing voting restrictions there. And on Tuesday, President Biden delivered a speech urging the United States Congress to pass bills designed to protect and expand voting rights. Activists have called on Senate Democrats to end filibuster to do so.
Bright Line Watch has polled both Americans and experts on what they think about the Republican and Democratic efforts. One of the organization’s co-founders, Dartmouth College professor of government Brendan nyhan, Discuss the results with Galen Druke.