A shocking 70 percent of Americans believe the country is divided as badly today as it was during the Vietnam War era of protests and riots, a new poll revealed Saturday.
The Washington Post/University of Maryland survey also found nearly six in ten people believe President Trump is making US politics more dysfunctional.
Despite its bad reviews, the executive branch still managed to do better than Congress. Some 80 percent of those polled had little use for the House and Senate.
Only 12 percent believe senators and representatives base their votes on “core values,’’ while 87 percent think they “do whatever is needed to win reelection.’’
The poll showed “limited trust’’ in other institutions, including the press, the Washington Post said.
A startling two thirds of the Democrats and nine per cent of the Republicans polled think Trump’s election was not legitimate
Americans these days also have less pride in their country.
Three years ago, 36 percent of those responding to similar surveys said they were proud to be American. The latest figure is exactly half that, 18 percent.
Trump is blamed for this by about 75 percent of Democrats and more than 50 percent of independents. And about 1 in 7 Republicans say the president deserves “a lot’’ of the blame.
America is most divided since Vietnam War: poll – New York Post