Here are three recent Gallup Poll findings that break down attitudes and levels of polarization along demographic and partisan lines. Note that a vastly larger of number of GOPers (82 percent) think the country is more deeply divided in recent years than do Democrats (51 percent). The right wing mind thrives on division and seeing the world as hostile and dangerous. And of course such paranoia makes the world more hostile and dangerous. This is the Republican mind at work.
Close to two-thirds of Gallup panelists (64%) say the United States is more deeply divided this year on the country’s major issues than it has been in the past several years. About one-quarter of respondents (27%) disagree, saying the country is not more deeply divided along issue lines.
Politics seem to drive panelists’ responses to this question, as well. Republican respondents (82%) are much more likely than Democratic Panelists (51%) to say the country is more deeply divided now than during the past few years; 61% of those who report their affiliation as “other” agree.
Panelists’ opinions about the degree of division facing the United States depend greatly on their age, as older panelists are much more likely than younger respondents to say the country is more deeply divided now than during the past few years. Specifically, 75% of traditionalist respondents say the United States is more divided now, while Baby Boomer panelists (65%) and Generation X and Y respondents (60% each) are less likely to agree.