Survey: Over 1/3rd of Americans Believe Election Will Result in Anarchy and Violence

Will the U.S. see anarchy after November 3? Many Americans say yes. (Photo: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr)

More than one-third of Americans believe the results of the November 3 election will plunge the country into violence and chaos.

The findings come from the newest “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey, a regular poll addressing the thoughts and feelings of Americans in the midst of the national unrest that has become a hallmark of 2020.

“We have not seen this alarming level of concern since we began surveying consumers at the beginning of April. People are preparing themselves for the worst possible post-election outcomes with the ongoing pandemic in the background adding to their anxiety,” Ron Bonjean told the Washington Examiner. Bonjean is a partner at ROKK Solutions, one of three firms conducting the survey.

“These results are chilling and indicate an America profoundly on-edge,” said Rich Thau, president of Engagious, who with Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK has conducted the survey for months.

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Survey respondents also mentioned, unprompted, that the unrest would involve weapons like firearms, batons, and Molotov cocktails.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of guns, a lot of protests,” one person said.

Another mentioned the run on firearms and ammunition that started all the way back in March.

“I mean America loves their guns so that’s kind of what they’ve been gearing up for right, stockpiling their weapons,” they said.

An additional respondent pointed out that those who cannot legally own firearms might resort to other kinds of weapons.

“I think we are going to see a lot more Molotov cocktails, definitely a lot of batons and I think a lot of people that are going out of their way to partake in this violence will not be legally able to own guns. I think a lot of them are criminals,” they said.

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This latest indication of Americans’ increasing anxiety comes just weeks after a similar survey found that 61 percent of Americans believe we’re on the verge of another civil war. Forty percent “strongly” agree with the statement, “I’m concerned that the U.S. could be on the verge of another Civil War,” while 21 percent “somewhat agree.”

The Back-to-Normal Barometer has also found that a majority of Americans are stockpiling food and other supplies in anticipation of a resurgence of COVID-19 and social unrest following the election.

The October 1 poll found that 52 percent of consumers have stockpiled food or essential goods, with 23 percent of those people doing so in anticipation of political unrest tied to the election. Fifty-eight percent named COVID-19 as their reason for stockpiling while 19 percent are doing so over social unrest tied to racial concerns.

At least some of that stockpile includes firearms and ammunition. Firearms sales have smashed records nearly every month this year, and ammunition companies are reporting massive shortages of supplies resulting in months-long backlogs.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Mike_N.H. November 2, 2020, 12:43 pm

    Comments Regarding What “Solo” and other Utopia Wishful Thinkers have posted… (1.) I have both a Military and a Law Enforcement Background with the experience of having gone thru “Civil Unrest”, “Hurricane Chaos”, etc.

    (2.) In all encounters with the “Peaceful Protestors”, the “Useful Idiots” Stalin Mentioned, used to be “Poor”, Ghetto Dwellers, Uneducated, Unemployed or Underemployed, Street Punks,, Petty Criminals with Records, etc.

    (3.) Today, That has Changed… Now We Know WHY the Schools were Shut Down.. The millennials who bought into the Marxist Brainwashing in High School and/or College are the MAJORITY who belong to Black Lives Matter, and ANTIFA and related groups.. Since They have Nothing better to do, they are the Paid Rent A Rioters You See on the Evening News,, Burning Portland, OR down for 140 Days Straight. AND Seattle, WA.. Philly, NYC, Boston, Et Al. The Majority of these People Kids Responsible are from White Middle Class Families.. Liberal Families.. Very Few Minorities Participating. George Soros is the Major Donor of Financial Support for all this. These People are being PAID to Participate and the Other Looters are Paying themselves…

    (4.) Even Before the “Riots” these Groups have roamed the Cities establishing No Go Zones,, Terrorising Innocent people minding their own business with Violence.

    (5.) They have Targeted Our Cultural History Tearing Down Statutes which have been in place 100 yrs… Why Didn’t they Demand Their Removal during Past Obama and Clinton Administrations? Only doing so now Cause Trump is President. Proof the Democrats are part of the equation.

    (6.) Law Enforcement is being targeted for their Wrath.. even though Body Camera Footage Proves the reason for the outcome They are Angry and Vengeful with… Screaming Defund the Police,, BUT When they themselves are caught in the crosshairs, they call the Police to Defend Them. ANY Excuse is being given to Trigger the Riots, looting, Arson, Rape, Robberies, Burglaries, Burning Police, Fire and EMS Vehicles. This is Plain Anarchy.

    (7.) Commenters mentioned that if you Donated to the Republican or any other Party, That Put You in their Crosshairs. Cause the List is Legally Available and the Leftist Militia Groups have mapped out their Victims Locations Before Hand.
    (a.) I am Already In Their Crosshairs as I am Running for N.H. State Representative in my District,, which is a Small City of 15,000 people in the “Countryside” mid way up in N.H. Not in one of the Big Cities Like Manchester or Nashua, near the Mass. border. I have Not Made Any Donations to the Major Campaign Drives to put my name on the map… I have Donated my Time and Energy.

    (b.) BUT I have ALREADY Been Targeted Online by Self Appointed Avengers for ANFIA/BLM from Two Different Out of State Individuals,, both are Active Participants.. One is tied in with Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Who Stated, The Marxist Militia is Armed and Trained.. When the SHTF, They Will go out and Take over Dartmouth College by doing away with the “Administration and Security Personal”, Then will fan out into the Countryside using Voter Registration Records and Take out ALL Trump Supporters and GOP Backed Politicians..

    (c.) Was Threatened Personally On Facebook… Then someone from “BLM” called my local Church Office every day for a Month. Demanding to Know from them, Where the Church Stood on BLM.. The Pastor told the caller, a Trustee’s Meeting would have to take it up and decide what answer would be appropriate. The Caller also demanded to know, Where I live, and my other Contact Information. The Church would NOT give it to them, So they Threatened the Church and myself personally…

    (d.) I approached a local Police Capt. and wanted an official complaint on behalf of the Church. He replied, well these people are }”Keyboard Warriors” Till I mentioned the Original 140 yr old Church was destroyed by Arson almost 4 yrs ago.. Just Rebuilt for 3 Million Dollars,, and THEY Don’t think this is a Laughing Matter.. (Neither do I). He said they will Investigate It. SO, I am going out on a Limb… am Carrying a .40 Cal FN pistol and can empty the mag into the bullseye to 25 yards; And can hit Center Ring at 100 – 600 yrds with an M14. SO, To those who threaten me, MOLON LABRE.

    (8.) (a.) I have attempted to Bridge the Gap between the Liberal Progressive Politicians and their supporters in my little city several times… Over the years to only be Verbally Talked Down to by the Political Hacks in the City and (b.) Sworn at, Yelled At, Spat Upon, Ridiculed, and Threatened at Polling Stations during Elections in Public. (c.) As well as had my car vandalized at home, in hospital parking lots, in public… Had to replace a Tire due to someone taking a screwgun to it, embedding a sheet metal screw between the treads all because I had a MAGA Hat in the car.. (d.) I had met an old friend at my 50th High School Reunion who turned out to be a Flaming Bernie Supporting Liberal who has tried to tie up my Inbox Online with Anti Trump and Fascist Rhetoric. I had to block him and his friends from further contact. (e.) Have been approached by “Young Punks” who thought they would catch me off guard.. didn’t end exactly as they planned. So, the Gentle, Considerate Debatable Approach, has not worked for me.. Thought I would Give My side of Things here…. Or as the Leftist Liberal FemiNazi’s call it “Mansplaining”… ~ Mike.

    • Bryan November 8, 2020, 12:36 pm

      Mike, I feel for you, I really do. I’m a Marine vet, police background and you know the answer and its not the one you want, but it sounds as if you have been given no other option. And, with the threat level at the height you are describing, you have a responsibility to your family, church, community, property and yourself, to protect them and if the law won’t, then it’s gotta be you. We had a saying in the Marines “ For those who fight for it, life has a special flavor, the protected will never know”. Maybe it’s time you gave them a taste. Simper Fi

  • Tommy November 2, 2020, 8:32 am

    I love Josie Wales as well. But an equally powerful exchange was when Wales was confronted by the two bounty hunters in town. They told him they were just trying to make a living. His response was “Dying ain’t much of a living” Something to think about in all this projected chaos!

  • Dogman October 31, 2020, 11:11 pm

    Simple, just ban skateboards, bicycles and backpacks. That will put an end to the riot problem.

  • brian October 30, 2020, 10:09 pm

    Bottom line this election is a disaster waiting to happen. It doesn’t matter who is elected.

    The day is coming when you will need a gun just to survive.

  • Capitata Malleus October 30, 2020, 8:55 pm

    Myself, I’m not buying into all the anxiety-hype. But you can thank the left if some people’s anxiety starts the shooting. As far as women in the front lines, myself, I wouldn’t have any hesitation shooting into crows of Aunty-Fah-fah fascists throwing bombs, etc.,. be they males, females, whatever, because they’ve shown they will maim and/or kill you and your family if given the opportunity. Let’s keep our cools but be reasonably ready, which I beleive many gun owners tend to already be… ciao!

  • Judy October 30, 2020, 3:23 pm

    Violence is what democrats do, then blame everybody else and the party treats them like hero’s.

  • Bill October 30, 2020, 12:49 pm

    The left, using FEC data, has already mapped you out. They know how much we have donated, our names, our addresses, our location on the map, our party preference and our phone numbers. If you are still employed, they know the name of your employer. They have made it available on an online map so that anonymous fanatics can find us.

    That isn’t so they can send us a postcard.

    MANY leftist web sites have already declared that there will be riots (and individual retribution!) no matter how the vote goes. If Trump wins, that will spark a national firestorm — pretty much anyone coming to this site already knows that and have taken whatever steps are available to them to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property from unlawful attack. Hopefully, you have adequate stockpiles of other essentials, too.

    What many may not be aware of is that if Biden wins, they still intend violence … against us individually and in groups. That’s the reason for the online map and they are not shy about announcing it.

    Be governed accordingly

    There WILL be violence, no matter what. Even a complete Democrat takeover of government will NOT pour oil on the water … just more gas on the streets. Antifa and BLM are the same entity, acting in coordination under communist direction. Again: Be Governed Accordingly.

    They are not “just an idea”. That is a fiction entertained only by fools and liars. They are armed. They have been training in hand to hand and group tactics … even the women. They put the women in the front rows while the men attack from the second and third rows. If you fight back and harm a woman, that’s what will be on the news … not the attack on you. The media is in on the deal. They KNOW about IEDs and how to construct many of them. They are FAR better organized than we are. Do NOT underestimate them.

    I noticed that a major retailer was almost totally out of reloading presses a couple months ago. That led to a 6 week lag in the arrival of a small number of LD bullets I had ordered. Even if personally inconvenienced, I’m glad to see this, because I doubt if many of the new gun owners are also reloaders … the folks who are cramping things up for me are the men and women who bought their firearms a while ago and whose muzzles will be pointed in the same direction as mine.
    BTW, xtremebullets dot com is shipping bulk 9mm hp projectiles immediately. I’ve used their stuff before and it is “good enough” at ordinary self-defense / pistol appropriate ranges. They actually carry a decent range of weights and styles, but are presently sold out on most of them. They are a manufacturer, so this will probably change from one day to the next. Their website DOES advertise their exact stock levels so there won’t be any surprises. I ordered 2,000 124gn on 10/27 and they were shipped on 10/29. According to UPS, they left Reno this morning. Given the current state of the industry, that’s pretty darned good, I think.

    • Allen B. October 30, 2020, 3:09 pm

      My Florida voter registration shows “No party affiliation”. I don’t donate to any political party. Nor do I vote along party lines. My votes go to those individuals, regardless of political identity (Republican, Democrat, Independent), who I decide are the best prospects for the positions they’re running for–or pose the least evil. Rioters after the election are just as likely to be individuals from the radical right as they are from the radical left, and from the vast area in-between, depending on who wins. And no doubt some will be people, who couldn’t care less about politics but will take any opportunity to be the defecation disturbers they truly are, often looting and burning up property in the process.

      • Big Al 45 November 8, 2020, 10:46 am

        Your comment it rife with naivete, both concerning voting and who riots.
        The vast majority of rioting throughout our history have indeed been Left center people, the fact you have missed this calls into question your attention to the news.
        And voting for ANY Democrat is a vote for the PARTY platform, plain and simple, for the Democrat Party rules with an iron fist over it’s members. The Repubs could stand to learn from this. This is the very reason we have a term like RINO, whereas the Dems have no such term.
        Whether you like it or not, the reality of the phrase “Party trumps person” has very real connotations when it comes to American politics.
        When it comes to the 2nd Amendment, ANY vote for a Democrat is a vote to lose that right.

  • Klaatu October 30, 2020, 11:46 am

    Here’s a helpful guide to End Stage America:

    If it happens all the way over on the other side of the country, it’s a “Peaceful Protest.”

    If it happens in the next State, it’s “Unrest.”

    If it happens in your State, it’s an “Insurrection.”

    If it happens in your city, it’s a “Riot.”

    If it happens in your neighborhood, it’s a “Civil War.”

    Perception equals reality…

  • Stan d. Upnow October 30, 2020, 11:37 am

    If the Commie subversives had been snuffed & stacked like cord wood in the streets at the outset, all the violence and upheaval we’ve seen would’ve been over on day two.
    As we’ve seen, the police will do very little to stop them. Even if arrested, they’re given a small fine and let go the same day. But, if a citizen acts to protect their life & property, they will be prosecuted as felons(eg- McCloskey’s).

    • RJ November 2, 2020, 9:50 am

      ‘Please don’t blame the police. The riots have all taken place in cities mayored by democrats. Police were given orders to stand down, to do nothing, to not interfere with the peaceful protests. When President volunteered help to these democrats, his help was rejected. BLAME THE DEMOCRATS.

  • Christopher Chason October 30, 2020, 9:44 am

    OF COURSE there will be violence and looting! The Left has been planning it all along! ANYTHING is an excuse to loot, rape, murder with Communist Punks! How will they feel about it when REAL HUMANS start USING the 2nd Amendment!? THAT we will soon see!

  • rj October 30, 2020, 8:34 am

    Violence is inevitable. If President Trump wins, the left will “peacefully” protest by destroying their cities because he won. If Biden wins (God forbid), the left will protest,, burn. loot and murder to celebrate their victory. After all, Christmas is coming, time to start their Christmas looting. I pray that I am wrong. God bless America, God bless President Trump.

    • Christopher Chason October 30, 2020, 9:38 am

      Yup. Well Stated!

    • Leigh October 31, 2020, 10:53 am

      You hit the nail on the head…

  • Solo October 30, 2020, 6:50 am

    Everyone that I met, or read their quotes online talking about American Civil War 2.0.
    Are Right wingers. Not a single person that I know that is on the left has said anything of the sort. Prepping or even hoping for War.

    What I want to say to all of you, is that America will fall from within. Not from abroad. This is not about Anti-American vs American Patriots. We are all Americans.

    One Person said in one of the comments about Brainwashing. Then we need to talk about propaganda, and Fearmongering.
    And we all need to understand what it does to us if we can not see it for what it is at face value…. we get the vibe and the energy of a divided country.

    America has always been moving in an upward tic towards equal rights, social justice and a more progressive America since our founding. And we will continue, and if anyone here understands American History or World History I would hope would understand.

    Most of all the domestic terror here in the USA is mostly from and has been from the Far Right. ( Do your homework )
    How do Americans become radicalized?

    Each Side belives what they belive in is just….. 2+2=4 to them it just makes sence. But then why do we need to kill each other? Or even talk about It?

    We are all Americans even the ones that you may think are Anti-Americans. We have lived in peace for many years and lived side by side. And we can continue to do so if we sit down and think about what is going on.
    War would destroy us. This is exactly what our true enemys want.

    I want the ones bend on war, to sit down and have dinner with your so called communists, anti-trumpers, anti-american familys and put your differnces aside and see what we have in common. Its a lot more than you think.

    -Solo

    • Klaatu October 30, 2020, 9:12 am

      “Most of all the domestic terror here in the USA is mostly from and has been from the Far Right.” Indeed… Did you see all those Far Right, White Supremacists looting Walmart and Foot Locker in Philadelphia this week? Yikes!!

      Evidently, Solo is a liberal…

      A liberal is a conservative whose business or car hasn’t been reduced to cinders by Antifa & Black Lives Matter yet.

      Lotsa luck Solo!

      • Stan d. Upnow October 30, 2020, 11:57 am

        Totally Wrong!
        No Liberal, much less a Progressive-Socialist, will place one small toe on Conservative ground. I had Liberal friends in the past, who were resolute in their deluded views and would verbally attack me at every opportunity.

    • Stevie October 30, 2020, 11:40 am

      Amen, brother. Well said.

    • Stan d. Upnow October 30, 2020, 11:51 am

      Just love your idealistic –and totally unrealistic– approach.
      You are living in a rainbow-and-unicorn fantasy world.

      Our Tea Party held a street corner gathering every Saturday. We tried mightily to engage Leftists in peaceful, meaningful debate. They were having none of that! Can’t tell you how many times we were spit at, had objects & vile profanities thrown at us, and even were physically attacked.

      We are dealing with blind ideologues who Have been brainwashed in the best Marxist tradition. That said, why don’t you go into the streets when the BLM/Antifa Commie thugs start their rioting and try your method? Let me know and I’ll call 911 ahead of you to have an ambulance show-up. SMH!

    • sfvshooter October 30, 2020, 4:10 pm

      Apparently if you don’t believe in Qanon or support Trump, you’re a marxist.

      I’m more afraid of uneducated white males who own guns and have nothing to lose than BLM or antifa.

      • Nobody November 2, 2020, 12:03 pm

        You shouldn’t be, considering that BLM and Antifa has managed far more wonton destruction than they have and that the boogeyman you’re thinking of commits around 1/8th the amount of murder/crime that BLM and their cronies do

    • DELCO October 30, 2020, 8:01 pm

      SOLO, I appreciate your final thoughts. That said we have had over 125 days of rioting by left wing supporters. That’s a fact. Seattle, port, Wisconsin to make a few. I live close to philly, the last week has been all left wing punks looting , wrecking businesses. Our local Lowe’s is boarded up because a bunch of mostly black punks want to cause chaos. Unfortunately speaking the truth these days gets people fired and called a racist, so that stops most from speaking out. It also has created a news media which has absolutely zero credibility anymore. The guy that was killed by the cops had 10 kids , NO job and decided to attack the cops while swinging a knife at them. He also had a criminal record for holding a Gun to his girlfriend’s head, assault, and awaiting trial on charges currently involving a Gun. This Wallace guy was not some innocent nice guy. But does that stop these punks from ripping apart the community. Their is a massive cultural problem in our black community, but no one will say that off the reasons I stated above. It’s also a FACT that democrats have controlled these communities for decades. But I would love to sit down and chat with you SOLO. After our friendly conversation, I think we should drive through certain areas of the city and view the truth as to what is going on.

    • JoeUSooner November 2, 2020, 11:17 am

      I have no idea what color the sky is in your world (and I certainly DO NOT want to know!). Despite your manure-filled denials, this issue damnably-well IS “about Anti-Americans vs American patriots.”

      It involves 1) Leftists/Socialists/Progressives (or whatever the hell they call themselves this week) who demand that this Constitutional Republic be completely demolished and replaced with a Socialist Regime – which clearly/specifically defines them as “domestic enemies,” not patriots… as opposed to 2) patriotic American citizens who want this Republic to remain Constitutional. THAT (exactly THAT) is the only issue. Period. All else is commentary, and anyone who denies that is blowing smoke.

    • Scotty Gunn November 2, 2020, 7:40 pm

      None of us want war. Many of us have seen it and the horrors of it. We have families, businesses, and desire peace. We will not kneel for it, though.
      There is no discussing anything when what they want is not theirs to have. vote and accept the results.
      There is no appeasing with terrorists. They want communism, plain and simple. Look at their web sites, they are open about it.
      They do this as the majority are NOT with them.

  • Dr. Strangelove October 30, 2020, 6:37 am

    Anarchy is part of the Marxist’s battle plan. They have only just begun.

  • ES October 26, 2020, 7:38 pm

    A very well written article by someone who previously lived noth of the border. I have to agree with Mark N and Bruce Green…. it will be chaos in most democratically controlled cities and states with few repercussions to the rioters… pray that I’m wrong.

  • Bruce Green October 26, 2020, 10:57 am

    Riots are going to break out no matter who wins the election. Anarchists and protesters will not miss a good opportunity for a riot and looting.

  • randy bauer October 26, 2020, 10:44 am

    I’ve been seeing quite a few folks at the local shooting range shooting .22’s. They all say, ” I’m saving the centerfires for the war.” Kinda scary, if you know what I mean. And to paraphrase Ten Bears, ” It will not be life.” Since I am getting too old to run, I guess I’ll fight too. Glad I bought the body armor!

    • Punisher Six November 1, 2020, 9:26 am

      Outlaw Josie Walesus o e of my favorite movies. Everyone should watch it , especially now. A tale of redemption after the civil war, and hope that we shall not have another.
      And yes, the best scene in the movie is the meeting with Ten Bears. We must hope that in our meeting, the result will be “It shall be life”.

  • Dr Timothy-Allen Albertson October 26, 2020, 9:13 am

    Dumb ass liberals will start it. Americans will finish it.

  • Chained October 26, 2020, 6:37 am

    So let the snowflakes stomp their feet, cry, wring their hands, shout, burn down their cities or whatever they wanna do then sick the national guard and patriots on their lazy brainwashed arses and end their misery.

  • Mark N. October 25, 2020, 1:05 am

    I really do not know what to think. On the one hand, we all remember the wailing and beating of chests when Trump won in 2016; if he wins again, I have to believe that Antifa will take to the streets all over the country intent on mayhem. On the other, despite the allegations that right wingers are responsible for 60% of domestic terrorism (a number that must have something to do with those “mostly peaceful” protests), all the gun owners I know plan to keep their powder dry if Biden wins unless he decides to come for our guns.

  • Josey Wales October 23, 2020, 7:12 am

    Everyone should watch the movie Outlaw Josey Wales, particularly the scene of the meeting between chief Ten Bears and Wales.
    We can all either live peacefully together, or the alternative is quite bad. Pray let us all say “it shall be life”.

    • Klaatu October 30, 2020, 9:03 am

      Very well said! Thank you!!

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