More than 40% of Americans believe there will be a civil war in the next 10 years

43% of Americans surveyed think the country will face a civil war within the next decade due to political divisions.

The survey results were published by YouGov and the Economist last weekend. The percentage of Democrats and independents is 40%, but 54% of Republicans believe in the possibility of a civil war in the US in the next 10 years.

The survey results also showed that 65% of respondents said that political violence in the US has increased significantly since the beginning of 2021. 62% believe this situation will continue to increase in the next few years.

The survey was released as Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on August 28 predicted “street riots” would happen if former President Donald Trump was indicted for keeping classified documents after leaving the House. White. Graham’s comment was immediately met with criticism.

Trump supporters surround the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.  Photo: Reuters.

Trump supporters surround the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Image: Reuters.

Former Justice Department official Mary McCord said on Wednesday that it was “extremely irresponsible” for an elected official to make such violent rhetoric.

“The Capitol Hill riots on January 6 were the result of similar actions perpetrated by former President Trump and his allies,” McCord said.

Trump’s supporters then vowed to “fight at all costs” to overturn the election results, prevent the US Congress from recognizing the victory won for Mr. Joe Biden. Since then, bipartisan divides have grown in the United States.

However, most experts believe that a conflict like the American Civil War of 1861-1865 is unlikely in the future.

“Countries with strong democracies and governments like the United States don’t fall into civil war. But if our institutions weaken, the story could be different,” said Rachel Kleinfeld, a civil war expert at the Carnegie Foundation. for International Peace, comment.

Thanh Tam (Theo Guardian)

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