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Anger Runs High on Both Sides of the Trump Divide

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Half the voters in the country are angry at President Trump. The other half are angry at those who oppose him.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters are angry at the president, with 32% who are Very Angry. Slightly more (51%) are angry at the president’s political opponents, but that includes slightly fewer (28%) who are Very Angry. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty percent (50%) are not angry at Trump, with 35% who are Not At All Angry. Similarly, 46% are not angry at his opponents, including 20% who are Not At All Angry.

Among voters who Strongly Disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, 72% say they are Very Angry at the president. Sixty-eight percent (68%) of those who Strongly Approve of Trump’s job performance are Very Angry at his opponents.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 18-19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Americans agree that last week’s shooting attack on a group of Republican congressmen was the result of political anger in this country. By comparison, just 28% said the shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Arizona in January 2011 was the result of political anger.

Women are angrier at both the president and his opponents than men are. Those 40 and over are more likely to be Very Angry at both sides than younger voters.

Whites are slightly less likely to be Very Angry at Trump and his opponents than blacks and other minority voters are.

Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats are Very Angry at Trump, while 43% of Republicans feel the same way about the president’s political opponents. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 33% are Very Angry at Trump, and 27% are Very Angry at his opponents.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters who are Very Angry at the president are not angry at his opponents. Among those who are Very Angry at Trump’s foes, 83% are not angry with him.

Seventy-six percent (76%) of all voters believe there is a greater danger of political violence these days compared to past years.

Just before Trump’s inauguration in January, 50% said the United States was a more divided nation after eight years of the Obama presidency.

Only two months ago, 61% of Democrats still believed that Trump did not win the election fairly last November, and there continue to be sharp partisan differences on virtually all political issues.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all voters believe that politics in Washington, D.C. will become even more partisan over the next year.

But most voters also feel that the president is to blame for his bad relationship with the media, although they don't think there is anything he can do about it.

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