Nearly 80 percent of American voters believe that their “way of life” is under threat, a new poll found.
According to the Monmouth University survey, released on August 10, 47 percent of voters said that the “American way of life” is under “a great deal” of threat, while 31 percent said that it is under “some” degree of threat. Only 13 percent said that there was not much of a threat, while seven percent said that there was no threat at all.
Radical Islamic terrorism topped the list, with 61 percent of respondents calling it a threat, while 54 percent said that they GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump winning the election concerned them. Approximately 42 percent of registered voters said they were threatened by the potential presidency of his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while 28 percent cited Mexican undocumented immigrants as a cause for concern.
A great deal of Americans also feel threatened by one of the two major political parties, with 43 percent citing the policies of the Republican Party and 39 percent citing those of the Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, 70 percent of voters said that the U.S. is significantly divided over important values, and 65 percent said that the nation is heading in the wrong direction, with 30 percent saying it is on the right track. Results were polarized between parties, with 89 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats concurring.
The poll is in line with many others – national averages from Huffington Post’s Pollster found that an average of 67 percent of Americans believe that the nation is headed in the wrong direction, with 26 percent saying it is going on the right track.
Despite all this, a full 60 percent said that they trust the American people as a whole when it comes to making democratic decisions.
“We are seeing a mixed bag of results here,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “Voters claim they trust the American people to make political decisions, but it seems that may only apply if they actually agree with those decisions. And the conflict they see among their political leaders doesn’t boost confidence.”
Sources: Monmouth University, Huffington Post Pollster / Photo Credit: George Hodan/Public Domain Pictures