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Shock poll: Half say violent bid to overthrow US government at least 'somewhat likely' within decade

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Fifty percent of U.S. voters think it’s at least somewhat likely there will be a violent attempt to overthrow the United States government within the next decade. That total includes 18% who think it’s very likely, according to Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

"This was a surprise!" Rasmussen said. "Upon reflection, though, it probably shouldn't have been. Clearly, President Trump's remarks indicates that he thinks this could become a good campaign issue."

Rasmussen noted that Republicans are a bit more likely to expect such violence, but the gap is fairly modest. That may be due to a perception among some that the current civil unrest is heading in that direction.

"There is also likely a solid partisan distrust fueling such concerns," Rasmussen said. "Many Republicans fear the left will respond with violence if President Trump is re-elected. Many Democrats fear the same from the right if President Trump is defeated."
 
Protest by Mike Shaheen is licensed under Flickr CC BY 2.0