Almost Half Of All Americans Believe Their Rival Political Party Is The Enemy

Almost Half Of All Americans Believe Their Rival Political Party Is The Enemy

American voters are likely to view people with opposing views as having hostile intentions rather than merely disagreeing with them, a new poll suggests.  CBS/YouGov released a survey over the weekend looking at how the Capitol riot shaped political discourse in the country nearly a year after the events of January 6 occurred.  The poll found that more than four in 10 Democrats see Republicans as enemies and if they win, “your life or your entire way of life may be threatened.”  But more than half of those who identify as liberal Democrats feel the same.  43 percent of left-wing voters surveyed are inclined to think GOP supporters are the enemy.   The number is slightly higher for Republicans. Nearly half of respondents — 48 percent — believe Democrats threaten their way of life.  However, a positive aspect is that the majority of both groups said they view each other as merely political opponents, and that if they win, “you just won’t get the policies you want.”  Democrats were slightly more likely than Republicans to take that view, with 57 percent stating that GOP opponents were not enemies compared to 52 percent of Republicans sharing similar sentiments about the opposite party.

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