KOIN poll: Will Americans unite behind new POTUS?

Partisans will feel more entrenched than ever

A woman watches election results during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
A woman watches election results during Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's election night rally in the Jacob Javits Center glass enclosed lobby in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Every day on KOIN.com’s Home Page we have a poll question. It’s for entertainment purposes, completely unscientific, but often provides a glimpse into people’s minds.

On Election Day, this was the KOIN.com poll question:

Regardless of the outcome, will Americans unite behind the new president?

More than 1000 people voted — and 90% of them answered, “I don’t think so.”

One of the great threads of American democracy has always been the commonality citizens shared to accept the results of an election and give the new president a chance.

There is no doubt this election was ugly, vitriolic and totally confounding. Partisans will feel more entrenched than ever in the correctness of their positions.

So, let’s try this again now.