More Americans say they support political violence ahead of the 2024 election

A new study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) reveals that an increasing number of Americans support political violence and believe democracy is ‘at risk’ in the upcoming 2024 elections.

Worrying finding: A significant portion of Americans believe democracy in the upcoming elections is at risk.
* The PRRI study found that 75% of Americans stated that the “future of American democracy is at risk in the 2024 presidential election.”
* This perspective is more prevalent among Democrats, with 84% of them agreeing, but a considerable number of Republicans and independent voters also echoed this sentiment.

Rising support for violence: More Americans are expressing support for political violence.
* About 23% of surveyed individuals agreed with the statement “because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country,” reflecting an increase from 15% in 2021.
* This belief is particularly pronounced among Republicans, with one-third expressing support for violence to save the country, compared to 22% of independents and 13% of Democrats.

Increase in conspiracy believers: There has been an increase in support for conspiracy theories.
* The PRRI data indicates a growth in the number of QAnon believers from 14% to 23% while also recording a reduction in QAnon rejecters.
* Republicans were found to be twice as likely as Democrats to agree with the core beliefs of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Common agreement areas: Despite diverging views, Americans still found shared consensus in certain areas.
* An overwhelming 94% of survey participants agreed that “we should teach our children both the good and bad aspects of our history so that they can learn from the past.”
* The study also found that a majority of Americans trust public school teachers to select appropriate curriculum and oppose the banning of books discussing slavery.

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