If 31% of Americans have a bead on where this country is heading, we could be in for one of the most chaotic, violent eras in this nation’s history. According to a new poll from Rasmussen, that’s the percentage of likely U.S. voters who “say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years.” Eleven percent of those predict that it’s “very likely” that such a war will break out.
To be sure, a majority of Americans do not think we’re on the brink of widespread bloodshed. 59% of respondents said it’s unlikely that we’ll see a second civil war, and nearly 30% of those think it’s “not at all likely” that war will break out in the continental United States.
Interestingly enough, among those who DO think we’re headed for domestic unrest, more Democrats believe that we’re headed for war than Republicans. 37% of those who think we’re on the verge of war are Democrats; 32% are Republicans.
It’s perhaps not worth getting worked up about what such a slim minority of Americans think about any given topic; we’re pretty sure the number of people who think the Earth is flat is not greatly distinguished from the 31% number in this poll. On the other hand, we have to remember that this is actually a poll of likely U.S. voters and not just every random adult who happens to pick up the phone when Rasmussen comes calling. That lends it a little more weight, and it shows that there is a definite thread of concern about impending violence.
And frankly, this poll cannot be removed from its context. Over the past week, we’ve seen opponents of President Trump go from wailing about his administration online to actually taking steps to harass and threaten people who work for him. Not only that, but people like Rep. Maxine Waters have had the audacity to actually ENCOURAGE liberals to keep doing it. It’s only a matter of time before one of those liberals follows the example set by James Hodgkinson in Alexandria, Virginia last year. Let that happen on a larger, more “successful” scale, and we could be closer to a breakout of widespread violence than we know.