Yesterday we blogged about a study that disclosed that many Americans have given up on our Constitutional system of representative democracy in favor of authoritarianism; that is, rule by a “strong leader” unconstrained by legislatures or elections. Just before posting that entry, I came across a more recent study that around 20% of both Trump supporters and Biden supporters would like their man to just rule by decree.
This research, from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, seeks to study our political polarization. Ironically, though, in addition to exploring the differences, the study also finds quite a bit of agreement between the two sides. And what many on both sides agree on is a common desire to destroy the country, both by trashing the Constitution and breaking up the nation into two separate countries.