More than half of Democrats AND Republicans believe America will ‘cease to exist’ as a democracy, new poll finds
- 55% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans think it’s ‘likely’ that America will ‘cease to be a democracy’
- A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows stunning level of pessimission about U.S.
- Many think the U.S. will see another civil war
- Also most Americans not watching January 6th hearings
- Poll also shows bipartisan rancor with both sides using negative terms to describe the members of the opposing political party
More than half of all Americans think it’s ‘likely’ that America will ‘cease to be a democracy,’ a new poll found.
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that 55% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans share that belief in a stunning sign of pessimism about the country’s future.
Additionally the poll found that a majority of Republicans – 52% – say it’s likely that ‘there will be a civil war in the United States in [their] lifetime’ while half of independents – 50% – and a plurality of Democrats – 46% – agree.
The poll, which surveyed 1,541 adults and was conduced from June 10 (the day of the first January 6th hearing) until June 13 (the day of the second hearing), also found Americans have largely given up on one another.
Members of both parties picked negative phrases to describe the person across the political aisle.
Republicans, when asked to choose the phrase that best ‘describes most people on the other side of the political aisle from you,’ a majority used ‘out of touch with reality’ (30%), a ‘threat to America’ (25%), ‘immoral’ (8%) and a ‘threat to me personally’ (4%) to describe Democrats.
Very few opted for ‘well-meaning’ (4%) or ‘not that different from me’ (6%).
Democrats felt the same about Republicans, using phrases such ‘out of touch with reality’ (27%), a ‘threat to America’ (23%), ‘immoral’ (7%) and a ‘threat to me personally’ (4%) to describe them.
Very few used words like ‘well-meaning’ (7%) or ‘not that different from me’ (5%).
Most respondents in new poll did not watch the first primetime hearing on the Jan. 6 insurrection
Bipartisanship is reaching rancorous levels in all parts of the country from the halls of Congress to state legislatures to the war of words on social media.
A rise in levels in natural in an election year but the rancor has been ratched up in the post-covid world.
And national events continue to keep the country divided, including the House committee’s hearings into the investigation of the January 6th insurrection.
Only 1 in 4 – 24% – said they watched last Thursday’s initial primetime hearing on the insurection. Nearly half – 49% – say they did not follow the hearings at all.
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that less than half of Americans -45% – say they believe that the Jan. 6 attack ‘was part of a conspiracy to overturn the election.’ The rest either say it was not – 35% – or that they’re unsure – 20%.
Likewise, just 37% of Americans believe there was a conspiracy and that ‘Donald Trump was at the center of [it].’
The poll also found that the number of Americans who describe Jan. 6 participants as ‘primarily peaceful and law-abiding’ (30%) has also gone up 6 points (from 24%) since December.
And the number of Americans assigning ‘a great deal’ of blame to Trump for the Jan. 6 attack has fallen 6 points (from 45% to 39%).