The new ‘continental divide’ is political and polarized


A new Rasmussen survey shows stark political polarization over President Donald Trump. (Screen snip YouTube, CSPAN, FlashTrendinG)

Numbers from a new Rasmussen survey show a deep and widening chasm between conservative and liberal Americans, with a majority of Democrats thinking President Donald Trump is a bigger threat to the U.S. than North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, and Republicans just as polarized in the opposite direction.

Sixty-nine percent of Democrats think Trump is the greater threat while 74 percent of Republicans believe Kim poses the most danger to this country. Caught somewhere in the middle are independents, 47-41 percent with the tilt believing the president is a bigger problem, according to survey results released by Rasmussen Tuesday morning.

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At the same time, Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll finds 42 percent of likely U.S. voters approving of Trump’s job performance while 56 percent disapprove.

Overall, the split on Trump versus Kim is about even. Forty-six percent of likely U.S. voters think Trump is a bigger danger while 45 percent say the North Korean leader is more of a problem. Kim Jong-Un has been intimating that he will target the U.S. with a ballistic missile. Trump has nicknamed him “Rocket Man” and threatened to destroy his country if the U.S. or one of its allies is attacked.

Back on June 21, Rasmussen reported that 59 percent of likely voters think the nation had become more divided during the first few months of the Trump presidency. At that time, 66 percent of Democrats thought the nation was more divided while 51 percent of Republicans thought so. Fifty-seven percent of independents shared that opinion.

Over the summer there have been continuing protests over all kinds of issues ranging from police use of force to the removal of Confederate statues from various locations. Even professional football players have gotten involved by sitting out, taking a knee or not even appearing on field during the playing of the National Anthem.

By contrast, back in January, 69 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of independents thought the country was more divided after eight years of Barack Obama. At that time, only 29 percent of Democrats agreed with that position.


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