By Anders Hagstrom
A majority of Americans say President Joe Biden is to blame for how divided America has become, according to a Monday poll from the Trafalgar Group and Convention of States.
A total of 54.2% of those polled said Biden holds responsibility for the current divisions in U.S. politics, with 39.4% saying he was “very responsible” and 14.8% saying he was “somewhat responsible,” according to the poll provided exclusively to the Daily Caller. Nearly 46% of respondents said Biden has little to do with the divisions, with 12.6% saying he was “not very responsible” and 33.2% saying he was “not responsible at all.”
The poll surveyed 1,092 likely general election voters between Nov. 13 and Nov. 16 and reported a 3% margin of error. Trafalgar employs a number of methods for conducting its polls, including live phone calls, automated calls, emails, text messages, and two other proprietary methods it does not share publicly.
While nearly 79% of Democrats didn’t connect Biden with any divisions in the U.S., 88% of Republicans and 64% of Independents responded that he was at least somewhat responsible.
The Trafalgar Group was one of only two polling firms that accurately predicted Trump’s victory in the presidential election of 2016. The firm was also among the few that predicted Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ win in 2018, as well as Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia in early November.
Biden campaigned primarily on a unity message for the 2020 presidential election, but many have criticized him for jumping to the left since gaining office.“If Democrats remain on their current course and keep coddling and catering to progressives, they could lose as many as 50 seats and control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections,” Mark Penn, a former political strategist and adviser to former President Bill Clinton wrote in The New York Times.
“Yelling ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’ when Mr. Trump is not on the ballot or in office is no longer a viable campaign strategy.”
Recent polls have shown that Americans have become deeply divided over the past 20 years since 9/11, when most Americans agreed that the country was moving in the right direction and maintained respect for opposing political parties, according to NBC News.
The outlet added in its September 10 report:
In June 2001 — seven months after the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore decision put George W. Bush into the White House — 43 percent of all Americans said the country was on the right track, versus 39 percent who said it was on the wrong track, according to that month’s national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Then in the poll after the 9/11 attacks, a whopping 72 percent said the nation was headed in the right direction, compared with just 11 percent who disagreed.
Today, those numbers are almost exactly reversed, with only 29 percent saying they think the country is on the right track, and 63 percent saying they believe it’s on the wrong track, per the August NBC News poll.
[Daily Caller News Foundation contributed to this report.]