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Pollster questions whether Americans believe the country can unify in partisan environment
Pollster Mallory Newall questioned on Hill.TV on Tuesday whether Americans believe that the country can unify, given the current partisan political environment.
"While I think calls for unity are important, particularly after a primary season and after a convention, I just don't know if in today's day in age when again, going back to how completely polarized our society is, I don't know if people believe that we can do that," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden called for unity at his campaign kickoff event last weekend, saying that Democrats wanted to unify the country.
"Some say Democrats don't want to hear about unity," Biden told supporters. "That they are angry, and the angrier you are, the better. That's what they are saying you to have to do to win the Democratic nomination. Well, I don't believe it. I believe Democrats want to unify this nation. That's what we've always been about. Unity."
Newall suggested that while unity is important to Democratic voters, their top priority is to find the best candidate who can oust President Trump from office.
"What is that particular flavor of who can beat Trump. What is that particular flavor of anti-establishment or someone that's new and different come and shake things up. Who's that going to be? What's that going to look like?" she asked.
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