New TIPP Tracking Poll Finds US Deeply Divided A general view of the U.S. Capitol and American flags in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images
Monday, 26 April 2021 01:09 PM
As President Joe Biden nears his 100th day in office, a new survey found he hasn’t succeeded in bringing the unity he sought for American politics.
Breaking down the figures, the poll found 35% called the country "very divided," and 26% said it was "somewhat divided." On the opposite end, 15% felt the nation is "very united,” and 18% "somewhat united." Five percent of respondents weren’t sure.
The pollster also broke down the divisions, finding the demographic groups that believe the country is united are in the 25-44 age group, urban residents, those earning $75,000 or more, Democrats, and those with a college degree or higher.
On the other end, the groups that feel extreme division in the country are 65 or older, rural residents, independents, have some college education, and are Republicans.
There was no margin of error reported for the polling.
Meanwhile, another survey conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WCVB Poll found 46% of respondents say relations between the parties have worsened and 39% say they have remained the same.
The poll has a margin of error of 3.4%
Republican lawmakers increasingly have called out Biden for failing to deliver on his promise to work with Republicans on issues important to Americans.
In an interview Sunday on ABC News’ "This Week," Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., predicted Biden will return to that when he addresses Congress at a joint session on Wednesday.
"I’m sure he's going to talk about unity and bipartisanship which he has not done since he's been up there," Scott said.
At his inauguration, Biden struck a conciliatory tone after a bitter race against former President Donald Trump — asking Americans who did not vote for him to give him a chance to be their president as well.
"To overcome these challenges to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity," he said. "We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this – if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts."