Do you want to guess how many people in this country enjoy good psychological health?
Three per cent.
And bout 22% are unstable to the point where it gets scary.
The rest hover in the middle.
About half of Democrats think Republicans are ignorant (54%) and spiteful (44%). Likewise, about half of Republicans think Democrats are ignorant (49%) and spiteful (54%). 21% of Democrats think Republicans are evil, and about the same share of Republicans (23%) think Democrats are evil.
But wait, there’s good news:
4% of both parties think the other side is fair.
3–4% of both parties think the other side is thoughtful.
2–3% of both parties think the other side is kind.
The share of Americans who have more generous impressions is roughly equal to the poll’s margin of error, which is 3%.
As always, I’m one of the tiny minority who thinks that most people of both parties are kind, thoughtful, and not in the least evil. I also think there are crazy creepazoids among both groups but they are a lot fewer than the good folks.
I never thought I’d be the person to say this but it’s a good idea to get out more and expand one’s circle of friends.