Americans Concerned About Political Violence, Blame Political Parties, Trump, News Media: Poll

A majority of Americans surveyed said they were concerned about the threat of politically motivated violence, with nearly half of all survey respondents blaming the media.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Friday showed up to 88% of Americans are concerned that “political divisions in the US have gotten to the point” “that there is an increased risk of politically motivated violence,” with 63% % note that they are “very concerned” about the threat.

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The poll was mostly split between party lines, with 28% identifying as Democrats, 25% as Republicans, and 38% as independents.

A police officer stands outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following an attack on her husband Paul Pelosi in San Francisco, Friday, October 28, 2022.

A police officer stands outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following an attack on her husband Paul Pelosi in San Francisco, Friday, October 28, 2022.
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Another 8% identified as “different” or “no opinion”.

The poll was largely divided when people were asked which party they blamed for the political turmoil, with 25% blaming the Democrats while 31% blamed the Republican Party.

Another 32% blamed both sides “equally,” while 11% said neither side was at fault.

Rioters loyal to then-President Trump demonstrate at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Rioters loyal to then-President Trump demonstrate at the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.
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However, when asked whether the media was responsible for partisan divisions that motivated political violence, 47% said they believed media coverage had “encouraged” such actions.

About 15% said they thought the media “discourages” violence, while 33% argued that the US media neither discouraged nor encouraged violence.

Another question asked pollsters whether they thought Trump was to blame for “encouraging” politically motivated violence. Almost half of all participants answered yes.

A video of former President Trump was played on a screen Thursday, July 21, 2022, during a hearing of the Special Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA.  Trump's 187 minutes of inaction as a gunman mob attacked the US Capitol will be the focus of the second prime-time hearing by the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot.

A video of former President Trump was played on a screen Thursday, July 21, 2022, during a hearing of the Special Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA. Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction as a gunman mob attacked the US Capitol will be the focus of the second prime-time hearing by the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot.
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Nearly 20% argued that Trump “discouraged” violence, while another nearly 30% said he “neither” encourages nor discourages violence.

The poll, which polled just over 1,000 Americans via cell phones and landlines, came the same week that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was violently assaulted by an intruder who said he was looking according to the California Congresswoman.

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