(The Hill) — The majority of Americans say that both major political parties view each other as “generally bullies,” according to a new University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) poll.
The poll, published on Thursday, found that 73% of Republican respondents agree with the sentiment that their Democratic counterparts are “generally bullies” who want to impose their own political beliefs, while 74% of Democratic respondents said the same.
Seventy-three percent of Republican respondents said that they think the U.S. government is “corrupt” and “rigged” against them, while 51% of respondents who considered themselves “very liberal” agreed with that sentiment.
Seventy-eight percent of Democrat respondents said in the poll that they believe U.S. elections are fair and accurate, while 51% of independent respondents and 33% of Republican respondents said they also think that elections in the U.S. are fair and accurate.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents who considered themselves “strong Republicans” said that they feel like “strangers” in the U.S., as 38% of respondents who consider themselves “strong Democrats” agreed.
The poll comes as the partisan divide between both parties continues to widen ahead of November’s crucial midterm elections.
Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said that they avoided talking about political topics with others because they don’t know where they stand on the issues, and 38% of respondents said they have unfriended or stopped following a person on social media due to their political beliefs.
The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) poll was conducted from May 19 to May 23 with a total of 1,000 respondents. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.