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US two-thirds of way to 'edge of civil a war': poll

77% of voters from all political affiliations believe political, racial, class divisions in US getting worse

Servet Gunerigok   | 24.10.2019
US two-thirds of way to 'edge of civil a war': poll

WASHINGTON

The U.S. is two-thirds of the way to the "edge of a civil war," according to a poll.

Released by Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service on Wednesday, voters were asked to rate political divisions in the U.S. on a 0-100 scale and the mean response was 67.23.

The value offered for 100 was the "edge of a civil war."

The poll said 77% of voters from all political affiliations believe the political, racial and class divisions in the country are getting worse and that national dialogue is breaking down.

Registered voters were also asked to assess what entities were responsible for the increase in bad behavior in U.S. politics.

Republicans put the highest level on Democratic political leaders, social media, large media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC.

Democrats blamed Republican political leaders, social media, Fox News, wealthy special interests and U.S. President Donald Trump.

For Independents, social media and Trump are the culprits for divisive political discourse.

Ninety percent of voters said they were tired of U.S. politicians who work with the powerful special interests instead of standing up to them and 88% said they were frustrated by the uncivil and rude behavior of many politicians.

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