American voters strongly believe that the Nation is more divided than it was just four years ago, according to the results of a recent poll.
Data out from Rasmussen reveals that 67 percent of likely U.S. voters feel that the Nation is more divided than it was just four years ago. That’s compared to a paltry 7 percent who feel the country is more unified and 21 percent who don’t think much has changed since 2010.
Among likely voters who feel a sense of division, blame is spread almost equally, if by predictably partisan lines, between President Obama (35 percent, 71 percent of Republicans) and Congressional Republicans (34 percent, 67 percent of Democrats).
According to the data, the sense of division has encouraged Americans to pay more attention to political current events.
“Forty-six percent (46%) say given the state of politics in America today, they are following political news more closely than they have in the past,” Rasmussen reports. “Fifteen percent (15%) are following political news less these days, while 39% say their level of attention to that kind of news is about the same. Republicans are following political news much more closely now than Democrats and unaffiliated voters are.”
Keeping up with the latest political news is also driving more Americans to seek change at the polls, perhaps in an effort to offset damage done by their low-information countrymen— 83 percent of those polled believe other Americans are ignorant in matters of political importance.
“Fifty-seven percent (57%) of all voters say they are more likely to vote this year than they have been in past elections,” Rasmussen says. “Only four percent (4%) say they are less likely to do so, while 38% rate their intention to vote as about the same as in past years.”
According to the data, likely voter turnout among Republicans (65 percent) and independents (55 percent) are both higher than the turnout expected for Democratic voters (53 percent). That could for vulnerable Senate Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.