Majority Concerned 'Anti-Trump' Leftists ‘Will Resort To Violence,' Poll Reveals
New survey shows worrying trend toward political violence
But what is even more disturbing is that an even more substantial majority believe anti-Trump leftists will “resort to violence.”
The survey was conducted between November 18-19, which interviewed 1,000 “likely voters.”
The survey asked respondents:
“How concerned are you that President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office will lead to violence?”
53% of those respondents indicated that they are concerned, while 24% are “very concerned," according to Rasmussen reports.
The survey also asked:
“How concerned are you that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence?”
Of those respondents, 59% said they are concerned, while 34% said they are “very concerned.”
But Democrats are seemingly unnerved by opposition violence.
“While 40% of Democrats are very concerned that those opposed to Trump’s policies will resort to violence, just 18% feel that way about his supporters if the president is removed from office,” Rasmussen reported.
On the subject of the likelihood of a new “civil war” happening in “the next five years," 31% of respondents said it was likely, while 9% said it was “very likely.”
Politically-motivated violence and aggression seem to be at the forefront of America’s collective consciousness.
85% of respondents believe that the “nature of political debate … has become more negative in recent years," according to a Pew Research survey.
According to a survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates on “800 full-time undergraduates” revealed that a large number of students believe that violence is justified as a preventative measure against “hate speech.”
We also asked several questions about attitudes toward political violence. Here's one. Other items asked about threatening leaders & citizens, & support for violence if your party loses in 2020. You can see most (but not all) people rejected partisan violence today. 3/ pic.twitter.com/IqgakBCOWr— Nathan Kalmoe (@NathanKalmoe) October 1, 2019
The survey asked students if they agreed or disagreed with the following statement:
“If someone is using hate speech or making racially charged comments, physical violence can be justified to prevent this person from espousing their hateful views.”
33% said that they “agree” with the statement, according to WS Journal.
Assistant professor of political communication at Louisiana State University, Nathan Kalmoe, in October tweeted out some disturbing information from a YouGov survey:
In a 2019 YouGov survey w/ @LilyMasonPhD, 70% of Reps & 56% of Dems saw the other party as “a serious threat to the United States & its people.”
55% of Reps & 44% of Dems said the other party is “not just worse for politics—they are downright evil.” 34% of Reps & 27% of Dems said the other party “lack the traits to be considered fully human—they behave like animals.”
A worrying percentage of respondents indicated in favor of “political violence,” according to Kalmoe.
The survey asked:
“How much do you feel it is justified for [own party] to use violence in advancing their political goals these days?”
87.3% of the respondents said, “not at all."
5.2% said “a moderate amount.”
4.7% said “a little."
1.5% said, “a great deal."
1.3% said, “a lot.”
This means out of the l respondents, 12.7% were at least a little bit comfortable with the idea of using violence as a tool of political power.