Over 70 percent of Democrats say the current state of politics is making them feel angry about America.
The data comes from a poll conducted by SurveyMonkey on behalf of Axios on HBO. These numbers may not be surprising, given that 96 percent of Democrats disapprove of how Trump is handling the presidency, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll.
If you trust media like Democrats tend to you will go insanehttps://t.co/TNmTluxiTW— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 11, 2019
But the numbers do illustrate an increasingly contentious and politically divided nation. President Trump has consistently framed Democrats as being angry and unhinged, and in this poll, Democrats say they are becoming increasingly angry over the last five years.
It isn’t just Democrats, either.
57 percent of Republicans also described themselves as angry, and a majority of Americans said they felt like strangers in their own land. Especially amongst politically-engaged Americans, that anger is growing.
83 percent of Americans who discuss politics several times a day said they felt angry at least daily over something they came across in the news.
56 percent of Americans who discuss politics once a week reported feeling the same anger.
Those numbers, according to Axios, illustrate a world where “rage and estrangement” are bipartisan issues that consume anyone who is interested in American politics.
Recently, the “angry” label has been applied to leading presidential candidates in the Democratic primary. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) has taken on fire from fellow Democrats like Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden, who both described her as antagonistic or angry. Those attacks caused cries of “sexism,” but a bigger question might be how an angry candidate plays with voters. Warren actually embraced the descriptor, perhaps tapping into the anger many Democrats feel across the country.
“I am angry and I own it,” Warren said in campaign fundraising response to the attacks. “Over and over, we are told that women are not allowed to be angry. It makes us unattractive to powerful men who want us to be quiet.”