America Divided: More Than 20 Percent of Democrats and Republicans Think the Other Side Is Actually 'Evil'

A new Axios poll revealed that more than 20 percent of American Democrats and Republicans viewed the other party as “evil.” The poll surveyed more than 3,200 U.S. adults across the nation between October 30 and November 2. The results, which depicted growing division among Americans, were released on Monday.

The majority of participants also viewed the opposing party as ignorant and spiteful, and believed the other side was responsible for destroying the country.

Sixty-one percent of those claiming to be Democrat viewed Republicans as “racist/bigoted/sexist,” while 31 percent of Republicans saw Democrats that way.

Nearly 55 percent of Democrats believed Republicans were “ignorant” compared to the 49 percent of Republicans who held the opposing party in the same regard. However, the majority of Republicans—54 percent—viewed Democrats as “spiteful,” compared to only 44 percent of Democrats with similar feelings about Republicans.

As for American views on the fairness, thoughtfulness and kindness of the other party, results were incredibly low. Only 4 percent of Democrats and Republicans viewed the other side as “fair,” while 3 percent of Democrats and 4 percent of Republicans thought the other was “thoughtful.” Only 2 percent of Democrats viewed Republicans as “kind” compared to just 3 percent of Republicans who thought the same of Democrats.

The poll included Democrats' open-ended descriptions of Republicans, and 22 percent of Dems perceived them as “selfish, greedy, corrupt, spineless, fearful and bad.” Meanwhile, 26 percent of Republicans described Democrats as “socialist, angry, hypocritical, uninformed, power-hungry and violent.”

The poll also revealed how people would feel if a family member married someone from the opposing political party.

Only 10 percent of participants said they would feel “extremely/very” disappointed if a relative married someone from a different political party, while 68 percent of Republicans, Democrats and those who recognized as independents said they would be “not too/not at all” disappointed by a family member marrying someone associated with an opposing political party.

America Divided: More than 20 Percent of Democrats and Republicans Think the Other Side is Actually 'Evil'
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