Wednesday, November 30, 2016

POLL: Over 8-in-10 Americans Believe The Country Is More Deeply Divided Than Ever

According to a new CNN/ORC poll more than 8-in-10 Americans say the country is more deeply divided on major issues this year than in the past several...

How bad is the divide... Let us count the ways.

The study shows that those who were polled universally sense the country is sharply divided, with 85% saying so overall, including 86% of independents, 85% of Republicans and 84% of Democrats.

Those 8-in-10 who see deeper divides now spans all categories including gender, racial, age and education.

These results shows that rate is much higher than it was in 2000, The last time the US elected a president who did not win the popular vote, when only 64% thought the nation more sharply split.

The biggest difference can be found across ideological lines, with 91% of liberals saying the country is more divided on top issues compared with 80% of conservatives.

Oddly enough the poll's finds that nearly 8-in-10 who were questioned hope that the GOP-controlled government incorporate some Democratic policies into its agenda.

Those polled, however, are evenly split on whether single-party control of government is good or bad for the country, with 49% on each side of that question.

When it comes to the President-elect only 40% say that Trump's win gives him a claim to a mandate that would allow him to pursue the policies his supporters favor, while 53% say that since he didn't win the popular vote, he should get behind an agenda that might attract new supporters.

Not surprisingly the Republicans polled that want to incorporate Democratic policies into their agenda was lower than the percentage of Democrats who thought to do the same in 2008 when they took control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

Only 55% of Republicans now think their party's leaders ought to work with the Democrats vs. 74% Democrats in 2008 who said that their leaders should bring in GOP policies.

In the wake of the election Democrats, not surprisingly, express greater dissatisfaction with the way democracy in the US is working than do Republicans. The exact numbers are 63% of Democrats dissatisfied vs. 47% of Republicans.

Only a third of Americans, 34%, say there are at least some issues where both parties share their views and only about a quarter say they personally agree with both Trump and President Barack Obama on at least some issues.

The rest of the poll only goes on to provide further proof of what we all pretty much knew. We are a nation divided and the numbers have only gotten worse over the last several years. If this were only a single poll that spat out these bleak numbers we might take solace in that... but that is not the case.

Seemingly, the majority of polling that has come out in recent months only shows a widening gap between the left and right in this country and it looks - and feels - like it's going to get worse before it gets better.

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