It’s official: most Americans are nervous about how divided we are over politics

You may or may not have noticed, especially with the upcoming presidential election, how everything feels a little, er, on fire. It often feels like there is no end in sight to the totally intense political division that has our country split AF. But it turns out that it’s not just us feeling that way; it’s all of us, or the majority of us. Because, yeah, it’s official: most Americans think we’ve become hardcore divided about politics—and none of us see it ending any time soon.


A new study from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research used funding from NORC at the University of Chicago to find out how Americans feel about our current politics and values. According to EurekAlert, the participants were selected randomly, and there were over 1k total responses. The findings are actually super interesting, and validating.

Here’s what you should know about the results.

1. We think we’re hugely split when it comes to values and politics.

Eighty percent said there’s a split when it comes to the most important values, with 85 percent saying the same about politics. That’s a huge amount, and it’s validating for those of us who feel like everything is falling apart.

2. But we do have more hope for our local communities.

When we zoom in a bit, though, 62 percent said members of their local community are in agreement about those important values, showing we think differently on a small scale than a large one.


3. Most of us think diversity is a good thing.

When it comes to diversity, 56% of us said diversity makes the U.S. stronger, while 16 percent say it weakens our country. Twenty-eight percent were in the middle, saying it’s not good or bad.

4. At the end of the day, the majority of us think a Trump win would cause more division.

Only 43 percent said that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, we’ll have a more divided country, while 73 percent say the same about Trump. Not surprising considering some of his more… scandalous statements about certain groups.