24% Believe Nation Will Be More Unified in a Year, 28% Say More Polarized

Looking ahead to next year at this time, 24% of voters believe America will be more unified. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 28% expect the nation to be more polarized while 30% aren’t expecting much change.

Not surprisingly, there is a partisan divide. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Democrats expect the nation to be more unified while just 19% expect things to get worse. Among Republicans, 37% expect the nation to become more polarized while 18% expect some improvement. As for Independent voters, 16% believe the nation will become more unified while 28% anticipate an increase in polarization.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from January 17-19, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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