It’s not just issues that separate conservatives and liberals. It’s attitude.
Fifty-nine percent of liberals say that, if they felt strongly about an issue, they would participate in a civil protest. That’s up from 41 percent prior to the election of President Donald Trump.
However, even before the election, liberals had a much higher interest in civil protest than conservatives or moderates. Prior to the election, just 24 percent of conservatives and 21 percent of moderates expressed willingness to engage in a civil protest. There was little change in either group following the election.
These differing attitudes contribute to the political polarization in the nation today. Many conservatives who would never consider civil protest are turned off by the anti-Trump demonstrations.
Other data shows that conservatives grew much more optimistic about the economy after Trump’s victory while liberals grew more pessimistic.
One interesting dynamic is that 17 percent of voters were unhappy that Trump won but happy that Clinton didn’t. Given a choice between two unpopular candidates, these voters viewed the president as the lesser of two evils.
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