America Has Never Been More Divided: Gallup

Tyler Durden's picture

If there was anything the recent presidential campaign demonstrated vividly, it is that the US may be the most ideologically polarized and divided it has ever been in its history. And, according to a Gallup, this has now been officially confirmed: in a survey released overnight, a record 77% of Americans believe the US is divided on the most important values, while 21% believe it is united and in agreement. Over the past 20+ years, the public has tended to perceive the nation as being more divided than united, apart from two surveys conducted shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Trend: Perceptions of U.S. as United or Divided

The poll was conducted on Nov. 9-13, one day after the November 8 election and after a contentious presidential campaign involving the two of the least popular candidates in postwar U.S. history. It found that all major subgroups of Americans share the view that the nation is divided, though Republicans (68%) are less likely to believe this than independents (78%) and Democrats (83%). That is consistent with the findings in the past two polls, conducted after the 2004 and 2012 presidential elections, in which the winning party's supporters were less likely to perceive the nation as divided.

According to Gallup, Americans are also split about evenly on whether Trump will do more to unite the country (45%) or do more to divide it (49%). These views largely follow party lines, with 88% of Republicans believing Trump will do more to unite the country and 81% of Democrats saying he will do more to divide it. Independents predict Trump will do more to divide (51%) than to unite the country (43%).

Gallup has asked the same question in the past on several prior occasions, including in November 2004 after George W. Bush was re-elected, in February 2008 during the presidential primaries, and in November 2012 after Barack Obama was re-elected. Americans are less optimistic about Trump bringing the country together than they were about Bush and Obama in those instances.

By 57% to 39%, Americans in 2004 thought Bush would do more to unite the country than to divide it. Americans responded similarly about Obama in November 2012, with 55% saying he would unite the country and 42% divide it. Americans were even more optimistic about Obama bringing the country together (66%) when he was campaigning in the Democratic presidential primaries in early 2008.

As with Trump, perceptions of whether Presidents Obama and Bush would unite the country largely fell along party lines. But independents were more inclined to see Obama and Bush as uniters than they are to see Trump this way.

So what, according to Gallup, are the impications?  As Trump prepares to take office, a record number of Americans perceive the nation as divided and less than half believe his actions will help unite the country. "Those perceptions may reflect his blunt speaking manner and sometimes divisive campaign rhetoric, though he did call for Americans to come together in his victory speech."

Ironically, both Obama and Bush made unifying the country key goals of their campaigns and administrations, and Americans perceived each as likely to do more to bring the country together than drive it apart, and yet each wound up having job approval ratings among the most politically polarized in Gallup's history: in other words they failed. That polarization may have resulted from the realities of partisan politics in Washington and the difficulty of bringing together a governing coalition that crosses party lines. It may also have resulted from the rise of new media as a forum for opinion leaders on the right and left to express their views and for Americans to seek out news coverage and commentary that fits their political predispositions.

Trump's ability to unite the country is also handicapped by the limited goodwill he has from the opposition party. About one in 10 Democrats have a positive opinion of Trump, far less than the three in 10 Democrats who viewed Bush positively in 2000 and the roughly one in three Republicans rating Obama positively in 2008.

Then again, if Trump has proven one thing so far it is that everything that was "conventionally accepted" about him, also ended up being wrong. Perhaps this "most unpopular president ever" will also be the one to surprise the public and achieve what both of his predecessors failed to do. In the worst case, with expectations already at record low levels, at least he won't disappoint.

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conraddobler's picture

Mission accomplished!

Joe Cool's picture

No shit...The real goal is chaos...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Joe Cool Nov 21, 2016 11:00 AM

The goal was to take down our middle class and to give it to China and India, later balkanize America.


de3de8's picture

"21% believe it is united" ......well there's a clue

SWRichmond's picture

So we briefly "reunited" after 9/11?

Time for another false flag, or a war with Russia.

Rockatanski's picture

the last 15 years have been a very successful time of brainwashing in the school system and Tee-Vee. the SJW are trying to assume control.

funny thing about them, they are fascists and dont even know it.

SWRichmond's picture

The Khmer made significant use of gullible youth.  SJW's are actually quite like Hitler Youth.  Wouldn't they be shocked to learn that?

This is standard stuff, really.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Trump is going to unite America?


By kicking out 10-20 million illegals.

By disenfranchising criminals and the FSA.

By greatly diminishing the MSM and wacko academics.

What's left of America will agree on most things.


Nemontel's picture

The population briefly switched to K-selection, but only partly and for a short time.

Rockatanski's picture

what a bunch of delusional idiots. they are more unfit to walk this planet than the half of the 71% that want to turn the US into a circus of liberalism.

Never One Roach's picture

As said above, Obama built the middle classes in China and India while destroying America. Even several financial rags described this "achievement" of his. Great for India and China, not so good for poor middle class Americans. They should honor Obama maybe build a statue to him for handing them so many American jobs and so much wealth.

Bryan's picture

Thanks, O'bummer.  Your legacy is division and strife.  Now go away and move to some communist country where you will be welcome.

crossroaddemon's picture

Naw, this has been the planned endgame now for a long time. Obama was just the most recent sockpuppet. 

Guys, we HAVE to take our attention off the sockpuppet politicians. These guys are reading from scripts and rubber-stamping orders handed down to them from their masters. If you maintain this mindset the oligarchs will remain firmly in control. You could even have a successful armed revolution and lose, because the fucking Rothchilds will just buy off the revolutionary leadership which is in a big hurry to get the trains running on time and emergency relief to people who have been cut off so as to maintain their mandate. You can't win against the forces that control literally all the money in the world unless you quit blaming hteir puppets for everything.

TeamDepends's picture

With God anything is possible. If we all stop worshipping money, how can we be bought off? That is the problem, we have been deMORALized by the bolsheviks as Yuri Bezmenov prophesied. But it takes only a second to change your mind. Stop playing, stop buying what they are selling, stop watching the smut on teevee. They are not omnipotent.

crossroaddemon's picture

There is no god, or if there is he/she/it doesn't seem to give a damn what happens down here on earth.

TeamDepends's picture

Says you! He gave us freewill, progressives CHOOSE their path.

cheech_wizard's picture

Odds or gods? I think you are still expecting the denizens of a city to be turned into pillars of salt or some such shit. It doesn't work that way. Never has. Not for a long time now. A vengeful, spiteful god? Sure looks that way. One day, he decides, maybe I need a vacation from this. After all universe creation most likely wore him completely out, and yet here you are asking for him to micro-manage a speck of dust. It's almost laughable.

You tell me...

I was doing a contract gig in Austin, when I decided to rescue a Boston Terrier out of the pound. One night he slipped his leash and ran off. 4 days later I get a call from animal control in Bastrop saying a good samaritan found him walking in circles on a road not far from them. (Yes, he was chipped). Severe dehydration, and looked like he was thrown out of a car as he had cuts and lacerations all over. 

Standard Disclaimer: That's 30 fucking miles on Boston Terrier legs. Yup, happens all the time. If you have to pray, go for the small stuff that actually has a chance of happening. God tends to scoff at those who ask him to win the lottery these days. Because in the back of his mind, he's thinking "go away kid, you bother me...".




ThanksChump's picture

Even if it's true - and you can't claim to know an unknowable thing - you don't have to be a dick about preaching your atheistic faith-based ideals.


Yes, faith-based.


I like agnostic atheists. They don't believe, but don't preach because to claim to *know* is an admission of a closed, broken intellect.

Bryan's picture

Penn Gillette has a good view on this subject.

Antifaschistische's picture

The more you take away from person A and give to person B, the more divided your culture will be.  That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will always be.

If you then segregate person A (by race) and person B (by race) you double the pain by adding racial tension.

If you then segregate person A (by religion) and create all types of "safe spaces" and "sensitivities" toward them you create resentment and hatred.

If you then segregate person A (by gender) and give every employment advantage to gender X you create gender resentment as gender X is gifted positions in our companies they do not deserve.

----everytime "preferences" and "biases" are created, freedoms are taken away and liberty of choice loses.  The exact "things" that made this country great.

you wouldn't create these biases in your own family with your own children, so why do we do it with a country.  it won't work.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

A division of the US into separate independent entities is ALREADY underway.  Look no further than the Federal drug and immigration laws which are flouted so effortlessly in certain areas from coast to coast.  Left and Right, we are walking into darkness, with only the hope of a dawn tomorrow.  Prepare. 

Sam.Spade's picture

Very insightful.  I upvote you.

j0nx's picture

File this survey under no shit Sherlock...

Progressives and conservatives can not share the same space or air. Their views are entirely incompatible with one another.

AnngeloJamaica's picture

Change you can believe in.  

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Nov 21, 2016 10:03 AM

That's what happens when you drink fluoride and listen to britney spears while the communists infiltrate your school systems in the 50's after WWII and snowplow the schools with marxist teachings.


You simply don't pay attention dumb American, you're dumb as a rock sheep

Bryan's picture

They're sneaky b*stards, aren't they?  But it all felt so good though, remember?  /s

We all traded temporary pleasure for long term suffering... such is the human condition.

flaminratzazz's picture






the commies said they will take america without firing a shot

here we are now- entertain us.

duo's picture

The left doesn't want unity, just a country made of of groups of victims.

Attn Liberals: Turning the country into a giant Madison, WI will only cost you future votes.

chunga's picture

It's good to be divided against big gov lefties because they suck.

Vatican_cameo's picture


"It's good to be divided against big gov lefties because they suck."

And they have no qualms about letting people know who they are.  As long as the "Snowflake Nation" keeps getting encouragement from the Left, this isn't going to stop all too soon.  They are going to go "Batshit Crazy" once the Electoral College voting is done and even more so at Inauguration time.  They may be rioting in every major Libtard city on January 20th.  You never know what kind of Temper Tantrum these mentally-deficient children (with help from Soros) are capable of.  I think the best is yet to come.

chunga's picture

I think so too. Anybody with half a brain knows the MSM is nothing more than a propaganda machine for big gov and they will go all out to make it seem like protesters are level headed, impassioned, justice warriors fighting for fairness and tolerance. That isn't the case and they lost.

It remains to be seen if Trump is legit, but if so I hope he uses alternative media to speak to the people who voted for him that do not support big gov shoving everything down their throats. Marginalize MSM, they are the enemy. There is no meeting these people half way. They want it all and they demand to use the power of the state for their purposes. If there is ever a time to draw a line in the sand it's now.

He's also going to have to act swiftly to clear out entrenched elements of gov that will always be against him. If Soros is breaking the law with what he's doing and it can be proved, I want him stopped. That won't happen with the way gov is constructed right now.

cheech_wizard's picture

>They may be rioting in every major Libtard city on January 20th.

All conservative should join them in their revelry by helping them burn the Libtard cities to the ground.

Standard Disclaimer: Almost makes me want to charge them for the Molotov cocktails.

ThanksChump's picture

Wall them in, first.


Once they burn their stuff they will demand yours.

CheapBastard's picture

Trump QOTD:


"People are being paid to protest me. I'm not even president yet and I'm creating jobs!"

SDShack's picture

Paid protesters, then riots after Trump is inaugurated. Just think of all the broken windows and burned out buildings that will have to be rebuilt. GDP will soar. Bullish!

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Nov 21, 2016 10:07 AM

Do you think Russia being Christian and USA being communist today is a random incident? 

Of course not!

The KGB buttfucked your coca cola ass.


This whole you ended the soviet union is a joke! Look at your culture, the KGB has fucked you completely with subversion and psychological warfare.


The communist fucked your dumb asses Murcans.

DeathMerchant's picture

Yep!! That's why we lost 500,000 (both theatres) and you lost 20 million

ChemtrailPilot's picture

Awesome as Trump's victory is, the truth is that long-term this country still needs to break up into probably 3-4 separate ones. There is absolutely no consensus anymore on the national question (i.e. is America an historic nation with the right to preserve its continuity, or is it a raceless creedless shopping mall/boarding house with a moral obligation to absorb millions of 3rd Worlders every year until whites are a tiny minority?) There really is no arguing or persuading or compromising on this and other questions. Partition now!

Joe Cool's picture

Wonderful Chemtrailpilot!!  No golfclap for you...Picture Sealclap!!

crossroaddemon's picture

3 to 4 chunks would still be way too large. Local sovereignity (local as in if I don't know you personally then piss off) should be our ultimate end-goal.

root superuser's picture

Partition is needed simply because US is to big. No one man should have as much power as POTUS. But no way we will give communists any teritory. They will be exterminated and nations peacefully separated each into its own country.

Cloud9.5's picture

Just go back to federalism as it was before the civil war.  Let people vote with their feet.  If the Muslims want to establish sharia law in Michigan let them have it.  If Alabama wants to outlaw Islam let them have it.  The Bill of Rights was designed to limit federal authority.  It was never intended to up root state law.  The one size fits all federal government is a construct of the progressives.  The feds need to get out of the states.


DeathMerchant's picture

So if I live in Alabama and a moslem from Michigan comes to check it out, we could throw his ass in jail and inflict severe punishment?? Sounds good.

ThanksChump's picture


Democrats ALWAYS want to secede. In 1862 they tried, and 2016 they're already petitioning, and it won't stop.


That isn't how it works. They are free to leave - physically depart this country, but they can't take the country that their own parents and mine died to defend with them when they go.

The vaguely malcontent Democrats need to learn to work within the system WITHOUT CHEATING, LYING, BRIBING, and learn to cooperate v group dictate/social threats. They need to learn to compromise. They need to learn to share in the labor FIRST, then a small portion of the reward for public works, and they MUST live entirely within the law.

Or, the snowflakes who simply won't assimilate with our excellent system of laws, checks, and balances will have to get the fuck out. Exile. Banishment. Deport them 100 miles off shore, give them bus fare, and push them overboard.

SDShack's picture

What you are advocating is The Rule of Law. Sadly, that was on life support in the 90's, died in 2008, and is buried now with a concrete lid on the coffin. It is not coming back. Just look at the abject violations of law not only taking place everywhere, but actually encouraged by those very power elites empowered to enforce the law. When you have 2 seperate Rules of Laws, one for the elites and their supporters, and one for the masses, then there is no justice. There is only Just Us. History has proven that such polarization eventually leads to socio/economic collapse just before revolution. Plan accordingly.