AP-NORC Poll: Most Americans see a sharply divided nation

A new poll indicates with two weeks to go until the critical midterm elections, an overwhelming majority of Americans say the United States is greatly divided.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll reveals few Americans believe those stark divisions will get better anytime soon.

The survey found that more than 8 in 10 Americans think the country is greatly divided about important values. Just 20 percent of Americans say they think the country will become less divided over the next few years, and 39 percent think things will get worse. A strong majority of Americans, 77 percent, say they are dissatisfied with the state of politics in the country.

The poll was conducted Oct. 11-14 in the final sprint to the midterm elections, in which President Trump has been rallying his supporters to turn out to vote in November. Overall, 59 percent of Americans disapprove of how Trump is handling his job as president, while 40 percent of Americans approve.

The poll also indicates how Americans view Trump divides along partisan lines. While 83 percent of Republicans approve of how Trump is handling his job, 92 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents say they don’t approve.

Dawn Kamber