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Support for political violence among Americans is on the rise. It’s a grim warning about America’s political future.

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A new poll found that a significant number of Americans endorse the use of political violence.

After questioning the methods of the poll and conducting follow-up conversations, the findings hold.

Political violence is no longer a theoretical concern as many Americans feel violence is justified in certain circumstances.

Daniel Cox is the director of the Survey Center on American Life and a research fellow in polling and public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute.

In February, the Survey Center on American Life, released a new poll that revealed some disturbing findings: Under certain circumstances, a significant number of Americans appeared to endorse the use of political violence.

Nearly one in three Americans said that taking “violent actions” is an appropriate remedy when elected leaders refuse to protect the country. An even larger share of the public — 36% — agreed that the “use of force” is necessary to arrest the decline of America’s traditional way of life. But how alarmed should we be about […]

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