Remember when President Joe Biden said on his first days in office that he wanted to unite the country and fight against political divisions? Turns out he has done anything but.
In a testament to how divided Americans have become, a new poll from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics showed that a significant number of voters on both sides of the political aisle want to see their side secede from the rest of the country, the New York Post reported Friday.
More than half of Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election — 52% — said they “somewhat” or “strongly” agreed that red states should break away from the U.S.
A slightly smaller but still significant number of Democrats, 41%, thought blue states should leave the U.S., the Post reported.
“Clear and present danger”
The poll also showed that at least 80% of voters in both parties think that elected officials from the opposing political party represent “a clear and present danger to American democracy,” the Post reported.
In addition, at least three-quarters of voters in both parties agreed that Americans who “strongly support” the opposing party are “a clear and present danger to the American way of life.”
The poll results are one of the strongest signals yet that Americans are deeply divided and view those on the opposite side of the political aisle as detrimental and damaging to the country.
Bolstering that narrative, the poll also found that majorities of both groups of voters thought it was fine to censor or curtail the freedoms of those on the other side.
According to the Post, 78% of Biden voters and 73% of Trump voters agreed that “some media sources on the extreme left/right have become so untruthful that they should be censored to stop the spreading of dangerous lies.”
Finally, almost half of voters for both Biden (46%) and Trump (44%) agreed that the president should be able to take “needed actions without being constrained by Congress or the courts.”
In other words, they want to give almost unlimited power to the executive branch at the expense of the legislative and judicial branches — something that goes against the Constitution at a very basic and fundamental level.
These views are extremely dangerous to the future of our nation. If people continue to feel strongly that their own party’s elected officials can do no wrong, it doesn’t bode well for the nation’s future as a fair and honest constitutional republic.