American News Mar 13, 2021 10:25 PM EST

POLL: An increasing number of liberals believe political violence is 'justified'

A poll by the American National Election Studies organization (ANES) found that the percentage of left-wing Americans who believe violence is sometimes justifiable for political purposes has grown since 2016.

POLL: An increasing number of liberals believe political violence is 'justified'
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A poll by the American National Election Studies organization (ANES) found that the percentage of left-wing Americans who believe violence is sometimes justifiable for political purposes has grown since 2016.

The question, asking "How much do you feel it is justified for people to use violence to pursue their political goals in this country?" found that respondents who considered themselves "liberal" or "very liberal" were less likely to answer that political violence was "not at all" justified.

Respondents' answers were compared to answers to the same question asked during the previous election in 2016. The polls found that those who say violence is not at all justified and self-identified as liberals fell by 5.3 percent, while those who self-identified as "very liberal" fell by a tremendous 20.4 percent.

All other groups surveyed saw a drop in tolerance towards political violence, with the exception of moderates, which fell by 1 percent.

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