Poll: Republicans angrier than Democrats

Republicans are angrier than Democrats, a new online poll shows.

{mosads}The NBC News/SurveyMonkey/Esquire poll, released Sunday morning during NBC’s “Meet the Press,” found that 61 percent of Republicans find themselves feeling angry about current events or the news more than they did one year ago. Forty two percent of Democrats said the same thing.

More than three-quarters of Republicans, 77 percent, said they now get angry at least once a day, compared with 67 percent of Democrats.

White Americans are also angrier than African Americans and Latinos, pollsters found.

Fifty four percent of whites said they find themselves feeling angrier more often about current events. Thirty three percent of African Americans said the same thing, as did 43 percent of Latinos.

Pollster said there is a strong correlation between a high degree of anger and “the sense that the U.S. is no longer the most powerful country in the world; that the American dream is dead; that the gap between the rich and poor is widening; and that one’s life didn’t turn out as well as one had imagined when they were younger.”

More than half of white respondents, 52 percent, said the American dream once held true, but not longer does, according to the poll.

Women are slightly angrier more often than they used to be than men, according to the poll, 53 to 44 percent. Women are angrier than men about police violence against blacks and campaign finance abuse, according to the poll, while men are angrier than women about global warming and gay marriage.

The online poll of 3,257 adults was conducted between Nov. 20 and 24.

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