What America's Thinking

Pollster says it will take several election cycles to move away from current political environment

Pollster Mallory Newall said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that it will take multiple election cycles for the U.S. to move away from the current political environment.

"We're sort of in a new era of really divisive populism and tribalism where these customs have really been sort of turned on their head," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told host Jamal Simmons on Monday.

"It's going to take more than just one election cycle for us to return to a new normal," Newall added. "I don't think we can ever go back to that era of normalcy. It's just finding that new normal."

Tensions between the White House and congressional Democrats have ratcheted up as House Democrats pursue investigations into President Trump, his businesses and his administration.

On the campaign trail, 2020 Democrats have been attacking the president in an effort to rally the party base and stand out from a growing field of candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has consistently topped other Democratic presidential candidates in national polling, said at a campaign event Saturday that his top priority was to defeat Trump.

"If you want to know what the first and most important plank in my climate proposal is: beat Trump," Biden said.

- Julia Manchester