Eight in 10 Americans are concerned about political violence in the U.S., according to the latest Politico-Morning Consult poll, which comes in the wake of the violent attack against the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Sixty-five percent of voters said they think political violence has increased nationally, though most don’t see it increasing in their own local communities.
While an overwhelming majority — 83 percent — think the perpetrators of political violence are to blame for their actions, voters also fault social media platforms, the news media and former President Trump.
Three-quarters of voters blamed social media, 69 percent blamed news and 55 blamed television hosts and political commentators. More than half, at 58 percent, blamed Trump — including 30 percent of people who voted for him in 2020.
Many Americans are increasingly concerned that political violence is on the rise in the U.S. amid a tense and polarized political landscape. The White House has said Americans have a responsibility to call the issue out.
Pelosi was in Washington late last month when an intruder broke into her California home and and attacked her 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer. The suspect reportedly told police he was on a “suicide mission” in search of the Speaker and that he intended to kidnap her, hold her hostage and break her kneecaps if she “lied.”
Sixty-three percent of voters in the Politico-Morning Consult poll, conducted a week after the Pelosi attack, said it was “definitely or probably” an act of political violence.
Conducted Nov. 4-5, the poll surveyed 2,005 voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.