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POLITICAL TENSIONS in the United States are becoming increasingly perceptible to the public. While a majority believe the political divide has worsened in the past year, a growing number of Americans believe it is possible that a new civil war could break out in the next decade, according to a recent poll.
The most recent YouGov America poll found that 66% of Americans think political tension has deepened since the beginning of 2021, and are pessimistic about the country’s future: 63% expect the division to increase and 62% believe political violence will get worse.
Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats to say the United States has become more politically divided since the start of 2021 (79% vs. 59%). Similarly, they are also more likely to expect this divide to grow over the next few years.https://t.co/Q8GbwMD2tL pic.twitter.com/M3xehaonMb
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) August 30, 2022
As a result of the perception of political division, an overwhelming 43% believe that a civil war could engulf the United States in the next decade, compared to 35% who consider it unlikely. Twenty-two percent are unsure how to respond.
This data includes 54% of the strongest Republicans and 40% of the most convinced Democrats.
In fact, the political divide is one of the factors on which voters of all parties agree. Seventy-nine percent of Republicans believe that ideological differences have deepened during the Biden administration, a view shared by 59 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents.
On the other hand, 72% of Republicans agree with 58% of Democrats and independents that the political divide will worsen in the coming years.
Meanwhile, Biden insults the American people.
President Joe Biden, who took office promising unity in his inaugural address, has stepped up his attacks on the conservative half of the country. He has progressively gone from calling them extremists to, most recently, refering to them as “semi-fascism“.
“We can join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature,” Biden said. “For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.”
After a year of failed policies that received the overwhelming rejection by his opponents, as well as setbacks in his intentions, such as the failure of his Build Back Better agenda, the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court and the worsening of the border crisis, President Biden has radicalized his discourse, turning against Trump voters in particular.
“We’re seeing now either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA agenda” Biden told his audience recently, after the FBI raided former President Trump’s private property in Florida. “It’s not just Trump … It’s almost semi-fascism.”
Jean-Pierre on Biden calling MAGA 'semi-fascism': "You look at the definition of fascism and you think about what they're doing in attacking our democracy, what they are doing in taking away our freedoms…our voting rights. That is what that is."pic.twitter.com/F76OMqxFzh
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 26, 2022
Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.