Poll to support political split in the United States
(NEXSTAR) – More than half of Trump’s voters (52%) and 41% of Biden voters have expressed support for the country’s divide along political lines, according to a new poll from the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.
The AVU Center for Politics has partnered with Project Home Fire, a group working for common ground in US politics, to find out just how deep our divisions run. The poll consisted of 300 questions asked of 1,001 Trump voters and 1,011 Biden voters (margin of error +/- 2.2%).
The poll asked people to respond on a sliding scale based on whether they agree with different statements, including: “The situation in America is such that I would favor [Blue/Red] States seceding from the union to form their own separate country.
Responses supporting the idea of forming two new countries out of red and blue states ranged from “at least somewhat agree” to “strongly agree”.
“The rift between Trump and Biden voters is deep, wide and dangerous,” said Larry J. Sabato, director of the UVA Center for Politics. “The reach is unprecedented, and it will not be easily corrected. “
The poll results revealed widespread distrust on both sides of the political spectrum of “voters, elected officials, and media sources they associated with the other side,” and about two in 10 Trump and Biden voters. strongly agreed when it came to the idea of a president bypassing Congress or the courts to “take the necessary steps.”
The rigid differences between political supporters in this country are not lost on the voters themselves. A June poll from Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service found voters view political divide as the number one issue facing the United States, beating the COVID-19 pandemic, health care and economic woes.
Because each state is home to voters of different political persuasions, it is not clear how secession by politics would work in practice, but the suggestion hints at the 1861 secession of 11 southern states which led to civil war and the death of approximately 620,000 Americans.
The results of the latest poll, however, are not entirely hopeless. Both groups of voters strongly supported several goals of the bipartisan infrastructure and reconciliation bills currently under consideration in Congress, such as improving the electricity grid, modernizing drinking water systems and investing in roads, bridges and other types of “hard infrastructure”.
“In order to find ways to bridge these divisions, we need to understand not only the divisions themselves, but also understand the ways in which we can, together, move forward to reach common ground. This project helps us do both, ”said Larry Schack of Project Home Fire.
The drafters say they hope their work will also identify “compromise-receptive” subgroups among Trump and Biden voters who may be able to help build bridges between the two factions.
“Simply put, we need a real plan to heal our fractured democracy,” Schack said.
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