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People who feel that using violence

People who feel that using violence for political goals is justifiable, US 2017 2020

People who feel that using violence for political goals is justifiable, US 2017 2020

The 2020 US Presidential election confirmed a profound ideological divide in American society, which has been linked to phenomena such as a deeply partisan media, populism and the inability of the US two-party electoral system to address divisive issues. According to 2017 2020 polling data, recent years have witnessed a sharp increase in support for the use of violence to achieve political ends among both Democratic and Republican respondents (see Figure 5). Another survey indicated that as many as 32 % of registered voters (and 68 % of Republican voters) do not perceive the 2021 Capitol Hill siege as a threat to democracy. Deeply entrenched divides combined with widespread acceptance of violence provide a fertile ground for violent extremism, which may manifest as terrorist activities. Indeed, the 2020 Global Terrorism Index attests to a surge in right-wing political terrorism in the USA, and more broadly in the West


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