Why are some Americans election deniers?

The white majority is fading, the economy is changing and there’s a pervasive sense of loss in districts where Republicans fought the outcome of the 2020 election.

An article by Michael H. Keller and David D. Kirkpatrick in The New York Times explores the question: Why are some Americans election deniers? Here are some answers:

  • A shrinking white share of the population is a hallmark of the congressional districts held by the House Republicans who voted to challenge Mr. Trump’s defeat, a New York Times analysis found — a pattern political scientists say shows how white fear of losing status shaped the movement to keep him in power.
  • Of the 12 Republican-held districts that swung to minority white — almost all in California and Texas — 10 were represented by objectors. The most significant drops occurred in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs and California desert towns, where the white percentage fell by more than a third.
  • Lawmakers who objected were also overrepresented among the 70 Republican-held districts with the lowest percentages of college graduates. In one case — the southeast Kentucky district of Hal Rogers, currently the longest-serving House member — about 14 percent of residents had four-year degrees, less than half the average in the districts of Republicans who accepted the election results.
  • Households there (in the districts of the House objectors) had nearly 10 percent less annual income in 2020 than those in other Republican areas. Not only were college degrees less common, so were high school diplomas.

I found this article interesting and informative, but support for election deniers in certain districts doesn’t explain such support in other districts with different demographics.


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4 Responses to Why are some Americans election deniers?

  1. GaryI Perry says:

    Have you watched the entire Dinesh D’Souza documentary 2000 Mules?
    Any thoughts on that ?

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  2. josephurban says:

    The answer is easy. Racists. They all say the same thing. It was the “cities” (meaning people of color) that cheated. Trump won in a landslide! We wuz cheated by the darkies. No matter how they try to coat it with fake facts, the underpinning of the GOP success has been based on racism. All the way back to Nixon and especially Reagan. A visceral reaction to the voting rights act and attempts to integrate society. Racists….

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  3. josephurban says:

    Gary. Regarding the movie put out by D’Souza (A man convicted of a felony regarding illegal campaign contributions and pardoned by former president Trump. A guy who we know cheated in elections.)… Check out the lengthy factcheck which pretty much puts an end to the nonsense…. …..www. factcheck.org/2022/06/evidence-gaps-in-2000-mules/

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  4. whungerford says:

    Some 2021 upstate NY Data:
    Congressional District………. #22 #23 #24 #25 #27 (the 2021 districts)
    Non-white population………. 16% 13% 20% 30% 10%
    Unemployment………………… 6% 7% 6% 7% 6%
    Median Household income… $60 $59 $64 $65 $72 (thousands)
    HS Graduation……………….. 90% 90% 91% 91% 93%
    Bachelors Degree…………….. 29% 39% 33% 40% 35%

    These figures don’t suggest a desperate population ready to turn to alternative facts and insurrection. There must be something else.



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