Powder keg: 61% say United States ‘on verge of civil war,’ 52% already preparing

Washington Examiner – by Paul Bedard

A majority of Americans are bracing for the possibility of a politically-fired civil war, and more than half are already stockpiling food and other essential items to survive and fight back, according to a new survey shared with Secrets.

In the survey, 61% said that the United States is nearing a second civil war, including a shocking 41% who “strongly agree” with that assessment.

And 52% are so convinced that it is just around the corner, or after Election Day, that they are putting away food and other essentials, an historic expansion of the prepper movement that has been brewing for years, now driven by fear and coronavirus-induced shortages.

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“This is the single most frightening poll result I’ve ever been associated with,” said Rich Thau, president of Engagious, one of the three firms, along with the Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK Solutions, that conducted the “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey.

Secrets has been following the series of surveys that have been sizing up the state of the nation and business since the coronavirus crisis hit. Of all the studies so far, this is the first to raise majority concerns about a potential war.

It comes as the 2020 presidential race is getting hot, with both sides ginning up support from radicals, and clashes a regular thing. It also comes as the Black Lives Matter movement continues to conduct heated protests to the point of riots in some cities.

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During the first presidential debate, President Trump, while agreeing to decry racially-motivated groups, told the so-called Proud Boys, a militarized group that supports him, to “stand back and stand by.” The president also repeated his concerns that Democrats are scheming to steal the election.

Predictably, it’s the political extremes who are most ready for war, with 52% of very liberal, 52% of very conservative, 32% of somewhat liberal, 34% of moderate, and 35% of somewhat conservative respondents saying they believe the statement “I’m concerned that the U.S. could be on the verge of another civil war.”

The virus is also playing a big role in the nation’s anxiety. A majority of those who are stockpiling food and essentials are doing so because of concerns COVID-19 will spike, as many in government are predicting.

Already in several cities, including in the Washington suburbs, major stores including Sam’s Club and Costco, are reinstituting limits on items such as canned foods, bottled water, and paper goods.

“We have been conducting surveys of consumers and employees since the beginning of April in order to help industries make strategic decisions in the month ahead. The current data shows an alarming trend that that extreme political polarization of our country has a majority of Americans concerned that our country could be a powder keg ready to explode into a Civil War,” said Ron Bonjean, a partner at ROKK Solutions.

3 thoughts on “Powder keg: 61% say United States ‘on verge of civil war,’ 52% already preparing

  1. This article, dutifully presented by the well-connected ‘Washington Examiner,’ pushes forward the in-vogue and fomented narrative of ‘inevitable civil war.’ Left/right, black/white. Funny how WE are ignored/shunned/hidden… we who are fighting for The Bill of Rights, fighting to end tyranny, standing in neither camp of politics or race, we who are free sovereign American Nationals, calling out the demons floating way above “the two sides.” It’s getting harder and harder for them to hide the elephant in the room, and the elephant is us.

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    1. I still have a hard time with all of this, its so in our face, enough already. Our generation got the shaft.. Our parents had it made…

      My daughters are going to have a horrible life, this is what hurts me the most. Total subjugation, vaccines , probable early death, grandkids in deep trouble. Coward for a president, give me the 60s and 70s back, give me the New York mob back, things were good then..

      1. Hey Mark, I think a lot of folks share similar frustrations and distresses. We look on our kids and grandkids and wonder what it will be like for them. But at least some of us will know we tried to do what we can to give them a life as free human beings. Of course some of them will unavoidably be drawn into the fight; others will be caught in the aftermath, tasked with picking up the pieces. But the clearing of the road will have begun, and then they can build anew, and if we’re lucky, they will remember those who went before them and did all they could to assure liberty. Children, with as much as a handful that they can be, and with all the challenges that come with raising them right, are still life’s greatest blessing. They come in clean, and are easily willing to love us. It is a life’s work to learn to protect them and help shape them into honorable people. Sometimes they shape us. Ha! Kids are teachers. Well brother, as they say, hang tough, keep the faith, many are at your side.

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