The January 2021 Civility Poll found that, just one week ahead of the Inauguration, more than half (56%) of Americans are at least somewhat optimistic President-Elect Joe Biden can restore civility and unity in our politics, an issue at the forefront of his campaign. A full 9 in 10 Americans (92%) want the President and Congress to work together to solve our most important problems, and 63% think President-Elect Biden and Congress will be at least somewhat successful in this effort, including 44% of Republicans. The poll asked voters to rate on a scale of 0-100 the level of political division in America, with 100 being the highest level of division. Asked their view of the level of division now, the mean response was 76. But when asked to consider where their view will be in one year, the mean response is 65, an improvement of more than ten points.
The poll was conducted between January 4, 2021 and January 7, 2021, thus providing some of the first insights into voter sentiment in civility in politics in the immediate aftermath of the Capitol Hill attack on January 6, 2021.
View the full press release with detailed results, or click on the links below to view data and individual summaries from Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group: