'Clear and present danger': Majority of Trump voters believe it’s 'time to split the country' in two
The highly-respected University of Virginia's nonpartisan Center for Politics has released a new study that finds a majority of Trump voters believe it's time to split the country into two, with "red states" and "blue states" seceding from the Union.
The organization, headed by Larry Sabato of "Sabato's Crystal Ball," reports that four in ten Biden voters agree.
"The divide between Trump and Biden voters is deep, wide, and dangerous. The scope is unprecedented, and it will not be easily fixed," said UVA Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato.
"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," said Larry Schack of Project Home Fire, a new initiative partnering with the UVA Center for Politics.
The report top-line revelations include: "Trump and Biden voters are at crisis stage"; there is tremendous "fear and distrust among Biden and Trump voters"; and "Many Trump and Biden voters believe the deck is stacked against them, and their commitment to democracy is wavering."
Crystal Ball's managing editor, Kyle Kondik, tweeted out some charts (below) from the project. Among the disturbing but unsurprising revelations:
Eight in 10 Biden and Trump voters say elected officials from the opposition party present a "clear and present danger" to democracy. Almost eight in 10 Biden and Trump voters say Americans who support the opposite party have also become a "clear and present danger" to the American way of life.
Crystal Ball: New polling/data analytics project illuminates sharp social, political, and psychological divides bet… https://t.co/bKI7iAg47C— Kyle Kondik (@Kyle Kondik) 1633010918.0
The report also finds strong areas of common ground, including on the need for improvements to the electric grid, water supply, roads, rail, and bridges, and raising taxes on the wealthy.
2. Some of the takeaways: There is some potential agreement on policy matters, but there are marked differences in… https://t.co/Zrnj3I9MwK— Kyle Kondik (@Kyle Kondik) 1632998990.0