New Rasmussen Poll Predicts Violence Regardless of Trump Impeachment Outcome

 

The Daily Wire Sunday (Nov. 24) reported the results of a new Rasmussen poll that found a majority of likely voters believe violence will erupt regardless of how the impeachment of Present Trump plays out. A striking percentage of those polled believed that members the other political party “lack the traits to be considered fully human—they behave like animals.”  A smaller percentage thought members of the other political party were “downright evil.”

There is an old Chinese curse that goes something like this: 願你生活在有趣的時代 May you live in interesting times.

From DailyWire.com

By  Frank Camp

On Thursday, Rasmussen Reports released a survey showing that a majority of “likely voters” believe that removing the president from office via impeachment would “lead to violence.” Perhaps more shocking, a larger majority believe that anti-Trump individuals will “resort to violence.” The survey was conducted between November 18-19 on 1,000 “likely voters.”

Specifically, the survey asked respondents: “How concerned are you that President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office will lead to violence?” Rasmussen reports that 53% of respondents indicated that they are concerned. 24% are “very concerned.”

The survey also asked: “How concerned are you that those opposed to President Trump’s policies will resort to violence?” 59% of respondents indicated that they are concerned. 34% are “very concerned.”

Democrats don’t appear nearly as worried about 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,” according to Rasmussen. When asked about the likelihood of a new “civil war” occurring within “the next five years,” 31% of respondents said that such a scenario is likely. 9% said it was “very likely.”

Awareness of political aggression and politically-motivated violence seems to have moved to the forefront of America’s collective consciousness.

According to a Pew Research survey conducted in April and May, 85% of respondents believe that the “nature of political debate … has become more negative in recent years.”

An October 2018 survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates on “800 full-time undergraduates” found that a significant number of students believe that violence is justified as a preventative measure against “hate speech.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, 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.

In early-October, Nathan Kalmoe, assistant professor of political communication at Louisiana State University, tweeted out some troubling 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 small but disturbing percentage of respondents indicated favorability toward “political violence,” according to Kalmoe. 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.”

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.

The survey asked: “How much do you feel it is justified for [own party] to use violence in advancing their political goals these days?”

While a strong 87.3% of respondents said “not at all,” 5.2% said “a moderate amount,” 4.7% said “a little,” 1.5% said “a great deal,” and 1.3% said “a lot.”

That means that out of all respondents, approximately 12.7% were at least a little bit comfortable with the idea of using violence as a tool of political power.

The Rasmussen survey report can be viewed here:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/november_2019/voters_fear_violence_from_trump_s_foes_more_than_his_supporters

~ Grif

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Alma
Alma
7 months ago

Doesn’t it scare You to know You may be subjected to violence at one time or another for just no reason at all? One more reason You may have to arm yourself to the teeth to defend yourself from attackers, it is preservation against savages. We are putting ourselves backwards.

Jackie Puppet
7 months ago

This is one big reason why I’ve upped my preps for self-defense even more over the past year or so.

I’m not looking to start anything, but I’m sure gonna finish it!

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

Violence is justifiable for self-defense

William
William
7 months ago

This is not encouraging. I imagine the 12.7 percent who regard violence as justifiable to achieve political aims are predominantly from the left. They won’t be the ones perpetrating violence however, they have their antifa goon quads all wound up for that purpose. Some things never change. In the 60’s the ‘Yippie” leader Jerry Rubin published a radical manifesto entitled ‘Do It!” Extreme, stupid, Alinsky-on-acid stuff. But as someone at the time noted it should been titled “You Do It”. Rubin and his cohorts confined themselves to risk-free theater

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
7 months ago

I’m ready. Prepped up. Lock and Loaded. And plenty of reserves. They really don’t want to mess with me. They’ll end up on a Youtube compilation of antifa getting their just desserts. Actually, I’m getting kinda old and don’t have the time, energy, or patience to fool with these thugs. Old guys just take care of business. They think they know it all while in fact they know nothing. Turn off their lights, phone, TV, tablets. Don’t let them ride in cars or planes or anything else the runs on fossil fuels. Oh and by the way since most electricity… Read more »

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
7 months ago

Its quite clear by all the attempts to discredit the true U.S. Citizens choice, that the democrats mean to push it to the limit, and over, and getting no where near the push back from the republicans they should be. As absurd and laughable as the democratic impeachment hearings are, the republicans are content to add legitimacy. Seems only democrats can initiate investigations, when President Trump does it, its call “digging up dirt”. But who really has the more authority? I expect the republican elite would suffer just as much from exposure of the true extent of corruption in our… Read more »

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
7 months ago

My area,being “in the wilderness” of Nevada,is known for being out of the normal timeline of change in America,so if actual violence breaks out,it’ll happen here,too-in about 5-10 years….Like Jackie and others have indicated,I’m not gonna start anything,but I’ll be the one still standing when it’s over.

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  Truckjunkie

Lucky you, in the wilderness is the place to be when things get hot and heavy. I live in a town of about 6K people but that’s still way too “urban” for me

Truckjunkie
Truckjunkie
7 months ago

BTW-What scares ME the most is BLATANT STUPIDITY,because there’s nothing but violence that seems to have any lasting effect on it.

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
7 months ago

God help us!

cogitoergosumantra
cogitoergosumantra
7 months ago

I don’t see Trump getting removed from office unless a gang of Senate never-Trumpers decide to gang up on him. And that’s something they have so far been unable or unwilling to do.

What I *do* fear so far as violence breaking out is after Trump wins a re-election in 2020… such as happened with the Antifa black shirts in 2016, but on a larger and more-prolonged scale. But it will eventually be contained. Mostly.

williamofberkshire
williamofberkshire
7 months ago

Trump being removed from office by impeachment is an extreme long shot. It takes a two thirds vote in the senate to convict; not happening. This is stage setting for 2020 and a distraction from possible indictments coming down on them. As with Clinton’s impeachment this imbecilic schiffshow is solidifying DJT’s support. If they have him testify he’ll come out swinging and they’ll regret it. But now they’re in deep and have to see it through. They have nothing else, their field of candidates is a D-grade freakshow. So after DJT is re-elected they resort to violence. Lock and load