The statement that nearly a third of those surveyed agreed with read that “Because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country,” The Guardian reports. And of those who think the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, 39% believe violence may be needed.
PRRI found that 18% of Americans in total agreed with the statement that “true American patriots may have to resort to violence,” with 11% of Democrats and 17% of independents on the same boat.
“It is an alarming finding,” PRRI chief executive and founder Robert Jones told Yahoo News. “I’ve been doing this a while, for decades, and it’s not the kind of finding that as a sociologist, a public opinion pollster, that you’re used to seeing.”