March 2, 2021: Looking ahead to next year at this time, 40% expect America will be more polarized than it is today. That's up 12 points from a month ago. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 21% of voters believe America will be more unified, down three points. Twenty-nine percent (29%) aren't expecting much change.
The previous poll was conducted in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Since that time, there has been no measurable change in perceptions among Democrats. Currently, 34% of Democrats expect the nation to be more unified, while just 18% expect things to get worse.
However, among Republicans, the number expecting the nation to become more polarized jumped from 37% a month ago to 65% now.
Among independent voters, 41% now anticipate an increase in polarization. That's up from 28% a month ago.
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- ScottRasmussen.com, "40% expect America to be more polarized in a year, up 12 points from a month ago," March 1, 2021
- ScottRasmussen.com, "24% believe nation will be more unified in a year, 28% say more polarized," January 21, 2021
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