The poll took place a week after the widespread alarm in the country over the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill. This uprising left five people dead and temporarily halted Joe Biden’s certification as the winner of the November election against President Donald Trump.
In the aftermath of this insurgency, 51% of those polled said they expected an increase in political violence in the country, and 71% said they thought democracy in the United States was “under threat” now, up from 29% who thought it was. secure “or” very secure “.
Despite all the pessimism, some signs of hope were expressed. A total of 58% said they were optimistic about Biden’s presidency, which is due to begin on Wednesday, and 74% said they saw him as the legitimate winner in the November election.
A majority also said they expected the coronavirus situation to improve during Biden’s presidency; Sunday morning, nearly 400,000 Americans died during the pandemic.
The CBS News survey of 2,166 adults in the United States was conducted by YouGov from January 13 to January 15. The margin of error was about 2.5 percent; it was 2.8% for questions that had just been sent to registered voters.