5. "Axios on HBO" poll: Politics are driving Democrats mad
More than 70% of Democrats say politics is making them increasingly angry about America, leaving them feeling like “strangers in their own land,” according to an "Axios on HBO" poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.
- Why it matters: Democrats say nearly everything they watch, read or listen to triggers their anger, even the soothing voices of NPR.
The big picture: Americans, as a whole, are just plain mad and feeling like strangers in their own land, though a lower percentage of Republicans describe themselves as angry (57% compared to 74% of Democrats) or feeling like a stranger (52% compared to 71% of Democrats).
- Other people are getting angrier too: 58% report their friends, family and co-workers seem angrier than five years ago.
Between the lines: Those who talk about politics the most are also the angriest.
- 83% of Americans who discuss politics several times a day report feeling angry at least once a day over something they heard or read in the news.
- That falls to 56% among those who discuss it once a week, and 39% for those who discuss it about once a month.
The bottom line: The Republican anger that animated the Trump rise and presidency gets most of the media attention.
- Turns out, this is the bipartisan era of rage and estrangement, fueled by rising interest in American politics.
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