A new poll from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a reliably left-wing organization, finds that nearly half of Americans believe that the United States is headed in the direction of a civil war.
The numbers, when broken down by political party, indicate that over half of Republicans (53%) and over a third of Democrats (39%) agree with the statement that the country “seems headed toward a civil war in the near future.”
Other concerning data from the poll indicate that one-in-five people believe that the assassination of a president may be necessary if said president was “harming the country or our democracy.” This figure comprised of 44% of young Democratic men and 40% of young Republican women. Shockingly, those in the 50+ years old crowd largely couldn’t stand by calls for the assassination of a leader.
Ultimately, the poll revealed deep political divisions and a great deal of hostility for the opposing political party.
“A majority of both Republicans and Democrats believe their political opponents pose a threat to the country and want to harm their political opponents,” the SPLC noted. “That kind of animosity could fuel partisan violence.”
The poll also tackled a number of issues, such as growing diversity, “The Great Replacement Theory” and transgender rights. Unsurprisingly, SPLC focused largely on the responses from the right-wing respondents, in what could look like an attempt to attack or smear Republican ideals.
We also asked respondents whether they believed that “gender ideology has corrupted American culture.” The term “gender ideology” is widespread on the right, and generally refers to a belief that LGBTQ people are a threat to children and families and that men and women should adhere to “traditional” notions of masculinity and femininity. The term is used regularly on Fox News and by hard-right figures like Donald Trump, who recently said at a rally, “With their extremist sex and gender ideology, the Democrat Party is waging war on reality, war on science, war on children, war on women.” Overall, 49% of people said they believe gender ideology has corrupted American culture, including 34% of Democrats, 72% of Republicans, and 45% of Independents.
Social media reacted to the news:
Why have Civil War II?
We are never getting the two sides back together, we are too far gone.
Split up the land and let’s move on.
Besides, I really want to see what they do without being able to steal $$$ from the conservatives.
— Michael (@goflyers30) June 2, 2022
— Jerry (@Jerry11029355) June 2, 2022
I believe it is going to happen
— kenpobill48 (@kenpobill481) June 2, 2022
Won’t happen unless they try to take any of our guns away. Then game on..think they know that.
— Scott 🇺🇸 (@scooterew) June 2, 2022
There are no exit ramps left…
— Rkreb (@Rkreb1) June 2, 2022
Be positive, love wins !!!
— thomas gallagher (@thomasg47008778) June 2, 2022
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