Americans fear that this election could be a breaking point for our country, a new poll suggests.
The poll was conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University between October 23rd and 27th. 1,000 likely voters were surveyed by landline and by cellphone. And, the margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points, which, as you will see, will not really come into play.
The poll covered a range of topics. But, here we are going to focus on two important ones.
A violent election?
One of those topics is the possibility of violence either on or after Election day. The pollsters found that 75 percent of participants were concerned about such violence.
Breaking that number down a bit further, 39 percent said that they were “somewhat concerned,” while 36 percent said that they were “very concerned.” Of the remaining 25 percent, 11 percent responded “not very concerned,” 11 percent responded “not concerned at all,” and 3 percent chose the “undecided/refused” option.
To put these numbers into perspective, Fox News reports that, in October of 2016, 47 percent of Americans “had little or no concern about such violence.” It is safe to say that this new poll confirms the fact that Americans are worried about a violent election, and we can speculate about why this may be so.
One reason would probably be the violence, since June, that this country has witnessed in major cities in the name of perceived systemic injustice. Those so-called protests proved that there are people out there in America who are willing to resort to violence for little or no reason (and that there are Democratic politicians out there who will support them). The wrong candidate winning the election could certainly be enough.
A peaceful transfer of power?
The other topic is the transfer of power, whether it would or would not be peaceful.
According to pollsters, “only 1 in 4 say they are ‘very confident’ that the nation will have a peaceful transfer of power if Democratic challenger Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump.” 40 percent have “little confidence” in a peaceful transfer of power, and only 23 percent are “very confident” of it.
Again, to put this into perspective, in 2016 at this time, 40 percent of Americans were “very confident” in a peaceful transfer of power.
What accounts for this change? USA Today puts the blame on President Donald Trump, using the false narrative that he has refused to commit to a transfer of power. But, the blame probably ought to be put on the mainstream media for pushing this false narrative. In this regard, the USA Today poll shows that its own propaganda has been successful.
Nevertheless, there is something that we can all agree to, which is that the tension here in America as Election Day approaches is palpable.