In the Pew poll that came out this morning, neither Democrat or Republican voters showed any real appetite for violence coming from their own side.
At the same time, Democrats, Independents and Republicans all think the political divisions in this country are so great and the political atmosphere is so tense that the country is on the verge of boiling over into political violence in the aftermath of future elections.
“(CNN) – A broad majority of Americans say that political violence in response to election results is likely in the United States in the next few years, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
Overall, 71% say political violence in response to election results is at least somewhat likely, including 34% who believe it is very likely. The expectation that elections will lead to violence also cuts across party lines (78% of Democrats, 70% of independents and 65% of Republicans describe it as likely). …”
The polls show that the country is bitterly divided. And yet, the polls also show that the country IS NOT really divided at all on lots of things. 2/3rds of the public agree on any number of issues including in this poll. 7 out of 10 Americans support raising the federal minimum wage, the $1,400 stimmy and also believe that the country is about to boil over into violent conflict.
“Republicans largely see Trump as having had a good effect on the Party (67%) more than a bad effect (16%), but they are not on board with penalizing elected officials who have expressed opposition to Trump. …”
There is the familiar 70/30 split again.
The disaffected establishment wing in this poll is a 16% rump.
This is a bit of a white pill.
The White working class is against the feds now.
How would the feds launching a “war on domestic violent extremism” play out in real life? Would that weaken or strengthen the “far right”? White people are against the FBI now (!!!)
Seriously though, it is the media which keeps this country deeply polarized by deliberately fanning and inflaming racial tensions. Shut down the media for two weeks and send the hall monitors into timeout or better yet hold a lottery and let random working class people off the street replace all the millionaires in Congress and they would figure it out and compromise and solve the problem.
Note: The average voter is far less ideological, less wealthy and less educated than the typical member of Congress.