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Voters Fear Violence From Trump’s Foes More Than His Supporters

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Voters see a bigger threat from President Trump’s opponents over policy issues than from his supporters if Democrats succeed in removing him from office. One-in-three still see the threat of civil war in the near future.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters are concerned that Trump’s impeachment and removal from office will lead to violence, with 24% who are Very Concerned. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But 59% are concerned that those opposed to Trump’s policies will resort to violence, including 34% who are Very Concerned. These findings are unchanged from June of last year.

Similarly unchanged are the 31% who think it’s likely the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years, although that includes only nine percent (9%) who see it as Very Likely.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted November 18-19, 2019 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.

Just over a year ago, 65% of voters said there is a greater danger of political violence in general these days compared to past years.

Voters under 40 are a lot more worried about a second civil war than their elders are.

Over 60% of Republicans fear violence from both those opposed to the president’s policies and those who support him if he is removed from office.

But Democrats aren’t nearly as worried about Trump’s supporters which helps explain their strong support for the highly partisan impeachment effort. 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.

Among voters who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing, however, 42% are Very Concerned that his removal from office will lead to violence. Only 17% of those who Strongly Disapprove of his job performance agree.

Seventy percent (70%) of American Adults believe their fellow countrymen are less tolerant of each other’s political opinions than they were in the past.

Voters are mad at Trump and his political opponents, but they’re angriest at the media these days.

Fifty-three percent (53%) think most reporters are trying to help impeach Trump when they write or talk about the impeachment effort.

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