Over the course of the last several years, the threat of political violence in America has skyrocketed, and thanks in no small part to the unfortunate success of the infotainment industry.
The hyperbolic sludge being spewed by the cable news networks and the mainstream media is meant to whip us all into a frenzy, because conflict creates drama and drama creates ratings.
Now, as a result of this acutely understood but somehow unstoppable function of entertainment, an enormous percentage of Americans believe that there could be violence on the horizon.
A wide and bipartisan majority of Americans worry there is increased danger of politically motivated violence in the United States, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (88 percent) are concerned that political divisions have intensified to the point that there’s an increased risk of politically motivated violence in the United States, including over 6 in 10 who are “very concerned.”
Of the two parties, more Americans blame the Republican Party more for the risk of violence, but the difference is not wide — 31 percent, vs. the 25 percent who blame the Democratic Party more. Another 32 percent blame both parties equally. Most Democrats and Republicans blame the opposing party.
The fear is prevalent across the political spectrum.
The Post-ABC poll finds 95 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of independents are at least somewhat concerned that there is an increased risk of politically motivated violence. Three-quarters of Democrats are very concerned, compared with smaller majorities of independents and Republicans (61 percent and 56 percent).
With only a few days left until the election concludes, we can only hope that we’re all very, very wrong.
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