Poll: Over Two-Thirds of Republicans Say They Feel Like Strangers In Their Own Country

Chris Menahan
Jul. 25, 2022

Over two-thirds of Republicans say they "more and more feel like a stranger" in their own country, believe the government is "corrupt and rigged against everyday people like me," and one-third were willing to tell a pollster "it may be necessary at some point soon for citizens to take up arms against the government," according to a new poll.

From The University of Chicago's Institute of Politics:
- A majority of Americans agree that the government is "corrupt and rigged against everyday people like me," including 73 percent of voters who describe themselves as a "strong Republican," 71 percent who called themselves "very conservative" and 68 percent of rural voters. A bare majority (51 percent) of voters who call themselves "very liberal" also agreed. Overall, two-thirds of Republican and Independent voters agree that the government is "corrupt and rigged" against them, while Democrats are evenly split.

- With the debate raging about the integrity of our elections, a majority (56 percent) say they "generally trust elections to be conducted fairly and counted accurately." But that view is deeply divergent by party. Four in five Democrats (78 percent) say they generally trust our elections to be fair and accurate. Half (51 percent) of Independent voters but just 33 percent of Republicans agree. Among those who reported voting for Donald Trump in 2020, the number who say they generally trust elections is 31 percent.

- Nearly half of Americans (49 percent) agreed that they "more and more feel like a stranger in my own country," with 69 percent of strong Republicans and 65 percent who call themselves "very conservative" leading the way. Fully 38 percent of strong Democrats agreed.

- And 28 percent of voters, including 37 percent who have guns in their homes, agree that "it may be necessary at some point soon for citizens to take up arms against the government." That view is held by one in three Republicans, including 45 percent of self-identified strong Republicans. Roughly one in three (35 percent) Independent voters and one in five Democrats agreed.
Another poll from UC Davis released last week found similar:
Half (50.1%) agreed that "in the next few years, there will be civil war in the United States." Among 6,768 respondents who considered violence to be at least sometimes justified to achieve 1 or more specific political objectives, 12.2% were willing to commit political violence themselves "to threaten or intimidate a person," 10.4% "to injure a person," and 7.1% "to kill a person."

Among all respondents, 18.5% thought it at least somewhat likely that within the next few years, in a situation where they believed political violence was justified, "I will be armed with a gun"; 4.0% thought it at least somewhat likely that "I will shoot someone with a gun."

Approximately 1 adult in 5 endorses the core elements of the Q-Anon belief complex, that "government, media, and financial worlds in the US are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles" (16%) and that "there is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders" (22%).

Nearly 1 adult in 3 (32%) endorses the assertion that "a group of people in this country [is] trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants."

[...] More than a third (36%) of American adults (56% of Republicans and 22% of Democrats) agree that "the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it." Nearly one-fifth of adults (18%) agree that "because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country."
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