Politics in the United States has become so polarized that 67 percent of those surveyed in a recent poll believe that another American civil war is imminent.
Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service conducted the poll as a part of their yearly Battleground Poll civility survey. For Mo Elleithee, the institute’s executive director, the poll’s results could suggest that the 2020 election may be every bit as contentious and volatile as the 1860 election which led up the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865.
“The majority of Americans believe that we are two-thirds of the way to being on the edge of civil war. That to me is a very pessimistic place,” Mo Elleithee told the Washington Examiner.
The poll’s results “paint a scenario, a picture of a highly negative campaign that will continue to exacerbate the incivility in our public discourse,” Elleithee said.
The 2020 presidential election “will be a sort of race to the bottom, or has the potential to be a race to the bottom,” Elleithee added.
Not only did the survey reveal that voters are fed up with politics in general – but it also showed that they’re angry.
The survey revealed an interesting contradiction in America’s collective political psyche.
While 87 percent of the survey’s respondents stated that they’re frustrated with the rudeness of today’s politics, 84 percent said they are “tired of leaders compromising my values and ideals.”
For Elleithee, this shows that more and more Americans view ‘compromise’ as having one’s political adversaries essentially change their opinions to except one’s own beliefs.
“It seems to me what they’re saying is, ‘I believe in common ground, it’s just that common ground is where I’m standing. As soon you move over to where I am, we’ll be on common ground,’” Elleithee said.
The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters between October 6th and October 10th.