A number of recent polls have shown a shocking number of Americans are concerned about the possibility of post-election violence and civil war.
To make matters worse, polls show that nearly half of registered voters do not trust the legitimacy of the upcoming election.
Over half of voters believe the election will be challenged
The polls have shown how much Powderkeg America is currently going into the presidential election next month.
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Braver Angels, an organization designed to “promote courtesy and healing between red and blue,” commissioned a YouGov poll of voters.
The results are terrifying.
The idea of bringing your political enemies to a political tribunal after they lose an election (as opposed to a civil war, for example) is neither human nor sane, and it is mind-boggling to suggest otherwise. https://t.co/z3GBdRa8u0
– Jeff B., who in the world is this guy? (@EsotericCD) October 6, 2020
Almost half (47%) of the 1,999 registered voters polled disagreed that the election “is likely to be fair and honest”.
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Just over half (51%) believe Americans cannot agree on who is the legitimate election winner.
For those in favor of President Trump, the concern about legitimacy lies in the possibility of massive election fraud.
"We'd be foolish not to at least accept that it's a real thing that happens sometimes, and I'm just worried it will happen in greater numbers this year," said Bill Fry, a Navy veteran member of Braver Angels.
"And a lot of my friends think the same way."
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Biden's supporters, on the other hand, believe that the president will refuse to admit after voicing doubts about the election.
"Trump is already questioning the legitimacy of the postal vote, which tells me he could try to dispute the outcome legally or by decree, or who knows by what means," said Matt Edelman, who supported Bernie Sanders in Democratic Elementary School.
"He's a liar. He will promote baseless conspiracy theories if he thinks that will help him politically."
Once you accept that there is literally no chance in these US elections that either side will admit the outcome is legitimate, the whole thing is much easier to process.
I mean it will start. It's just a question of how bad it is.
– Paul Fanning (@ trivet1806) September 29, 2020
Huge increase in support for violent actions
The final question in the survey commissioned by Braver Angels is the most worrying.
Of 1,503 respondents, 56% agreed that "America will see an increase in violence as a result of the elections," with only 11% disagreeing.
Earlier this year, researchers found that a staggering number of Americans see far greater justification for political violence:
One in three Americans who identify as Democrats or Republicans believes that violence could be justified to advance the political goals of their parties
Incredibly, 61% of Americans believe the country is on the verge of yet another civil war.
All of this comes as civil unrest and unrest rage across the country and arms sales continue to hit record highs.
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Around 1.8 million guns were sold nationwide in August 2020, continuing the record increase in gun sales that year. The increases were between 71% and 145% compared to 2019.
With all of these factors in mind, it's no surprise that after the November elections, people are predicting a second American Civil War, or at least a huge spike in political violence.