A new poll reveals that a significant number of Americans, including a majority of Donald Trump voters, believe it’s time to go our separate ways.
Among several questions posed to find out potential common ground between supporters of Trump and President Joe Biden, pollsters sought a response to the following statement: “The situation in America is such that I would favor [Blue/Red] states seceding from the union to form their own separate country.”
A majority, 52 percent, of Trump devotees agreed with that, as did 41 percent of Biden backers.
The result resembles a poll conducted in June by YouGov, and reported by The Free Press. The highlight of that survey was that two-thirds of Republicans in the South want to split.
Ironically, one group that has helped feed the partisan division, the left-wing website Mediaite, lamented that things have “gotten that bad” in a post on Friday.
“The idea that the nation’s political divide has become so toxic that we should prepare from (sic) some sort of ‘national divorce’ has largely been left to clever thought experiments best left for dinner parties and ironically detached columns,” Mediaite noted.
“However, we’ve now arrived at a point where more than half of Trump voters ‘somewhat agree’ that the time for secession is nigh.”
Mediaite, showing its leanings, added nothing more about the fact that more than 4 in 10 Biden supporters also want to go separate ways.
As Mediate put it, “President Joe Biden largely ran on a platform of reunification, and despite an effective six first months of largely positive approval ratings, recent missteps in Afghanistan, and a resurgence of Covid infections, which is — ironically, largely due to a large percentage of Trump supporters refusal to get a vaccine — have led to his approval being underwater.”
Perhaps seeking a glimmer of hope that its project is not pointless, the pollsters, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and Project Home Fire, called it the first in a series that will explore “which kinds of voters in both camps are most open to finding common ground and which kinds of messages stand the best chance of spurring compromise.”
To show that not all was lost, the groups noted, “Majorities of Trump and Biden voters express support for several elements of the bipartisan infrastructure and reconciliation bills being debated in Congress, but there are marked differences in their levels of support.”
Take the term “bipartisan” there with significant heaps of salt, as only a few GOP lawmakers support Biden’s initiatives.
Still, to bolster their case, the poll pointed out that at least 85 percent on both sides support improving the nation’s electrical grid, wastewater systems and transportation network.
Yet the poll also found, when looking at both sides’ “fear and distrust,” that at least 80 percent on each side view elected officials from the opposition as a “clear and present danger” to American democracy – and at least 75 percent from each side believe that people who support them are also a threat.
Moreover, at least 78 percent on each side agrees that those on the other side want to eliminate their values from the nation’s life and culture.
Larry Schack of Project Home Fire seemed to still see a glass half full.
“In order to figure out ways to bridge these divides, we need to understand not just the divides themselves, but also understand the ways in which we can, together, move forward to reach common ground. This project helps us do both,” he said in a statement.
In the same press release, UVA political science guru Larry Sabato, head of the Center for Politics, was not so optimistic.
“The divide between Trump and Biden voters is deep, wide, and dangerous. The scope is unprecedented, and it will not be easily fixed,” he observed.
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