Poll: Nearly a third of U.S. voters expect civil war within 5 years

By Susan McFarland  |  June 28, 2018 at 12:15 PM
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June 28 (UPI) -- Immigration issues and deep party divides give reason for almost one-third of U.S. voters to believe another civil war might be fought in the United States, a new survey shows.

The poll by Rasmussen Reports Wednesday found 31 percent of those surveyed believe "it's likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years."

Almost 60 percent said another civil war is unlikely, of which about half said it's "not at all likely."

Fifty-nine percent said they are concerned opponents of President Donald Trump's policies would resort to violence.

Those numbers are similar to a poll taken in the second year of Barack Obama's presidency, when 53 percent expressed such a concern over opposition to his policies.

Wednesday's poll also found 53 percent said they are worried violence will occur from critics of Trump's news media coverage. Fifty-one percent blame Trump for his bad media relationship.

The survey found women and those under 40 are more concerned about another civil war than men and older voters. Forty-four percent of African-American respondents, 28 percent of whites and 36 percent of other minorities were among those who expressed concern for civil war.

Rasmussen polled about 1,000 "likely" U.S. voters and has a margin of error of 3 points.

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