Survey finds 'alarming' trend toward political violence among American population
Trump supporters try to force their way through a police barricade in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, hoping to stop Congress from finalizing Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election. - Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One in five Americans believes that political violence is at least sometimes justifiable, and over half believe that the country is headed toward civil war. That’s according to a new study of attitudes on political violence out of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis. Researchers surveyed 8,620 adults, in a sample designed to represent the adult population of the United States. The study concluded that American attitudes on political violence have become more dramatic. “We expected the findings to be concerning, but these exceeded...