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July 15, 2020


Donald Trump in his Manhattan office.
Donald Trump in his Manhattan office. Photo Credit: Bob Rozycki

Siena Poll: New Yorkers Think We're More Politically Divided Than Ever

A new public opinion poll finds that 65 percent of New Yorkers think "we are more partisan than ever."

As Democrats ramp up an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, a Siena College Research Institute poll released on Thursday, Oct. 3 also found that more than one-fourth of the respondents said they think less of the people they know who hold different political viewpoints. 

Siena College Research Institute Director Don Levy said: "Twenty-six percent of New Yorkers said, ‘You know what, that’s true, I think less of someone today than I used to because I found out they have opposite political views’. . . .They say everybody else is more partisan than ever."

Most of the 800 respondents also think it’s unhealthy to spend too much time spent watching the news or discussing politics on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Yet one third admitted they’ve spent more time during the last year following politics. Only 23 percent said they spent less time following political news.

“It’s like we can’t pull away,” Levy said.

When asked who is most to blame for the intensifying political rhetoric, most Democrats and Independents blame President Trump and Fox News; Republicans say progressive Democrats and CNN are more at fault.

About one-third of the poll's respondents labeled themselves as politically moderate -- not leaning far left or far right. But Levy predicted the partisan split will get worse as the congressional impeachment inquiry and rhetoric escalates: Even those who say they prefer the center will have to take a side.

Details of the Siena poll, taken between Sept. 3 and Sept. 24, can be found by clicking here. 

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