The graphs in this post are derived from a Reuters-Ipsos poll asking respondents if “to achieve my idea of a better society, violent acts are acceptable”.
To preface, The Current Year is not Weimerica. We’re nowhere near the levels of political violence the country experienced in the late 1960s and 1970s, when domestic terrorist bombings were a near daily occurrence. On the other hand, the Fourth Turning theory predicts our heading into a period of crisis with an impending uptick in violence.
Whatever the actual manifestation of violence in the future, let’s take a look at who most likes the idea of violence. By age and sex:
Violence is a young man’s game. With increasing discord and disunity in every aspect of life–religious, linguistic, economic, racial, cultural, political, ethnic–in concert with collapsing levels of trust in all of society’s major institutions, they’ll grow out of it, right? It’s just a phase. Boys will be boys!
By race and selected religious affiliations:
On account of their doing this with such frequency, the result isn’t particularly surprising.
By political orientation:
Exhibit A: Antifa and Proud Boys dancing in the streets.