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Gallup: Record-High 77 Percent Think Nation Is Divided

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By    |   Monday, 21 Nov 2016 02:12 PM

A record-high 77 percent of Americans perceive the country to be divided, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Further, the country is split as to whether President-elect Donald Trump will do more to unite or divide the country, according to the survey.

The results:

  • 21 percent say country is united.
  • 45 percent say Trump will do more to unite.
  • 49 percent say Trump will do more to divide.

Though Americans have believed the country to be divided over the past 20 years, the 77 percent is the highest since 2012 when 69 percent said the country was split, Gallup reported.

Further, a vast majority of each political group agrees the country is divided:

  • Republicans: 68 percent say divided.
  • Independents: 78 percent say divided.
  • Democrats: 83 percent say divided.

"Trump prepares to take office as a record number of Americans perceive the nation as divided and less than half believe his actions will help unite the country," Gallup notes.

"Those perceptions may reflect his blunt speaking manner and sometimes divisive campaign rhetoric, though he did call for Americans to come together in his victory speech."

Gallup conducted interviews Nov. 9-13 with a random sample of 1,019 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

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