In June, someone stole a 6-by-12-foot Trump sign from Wilson Street in Carlisle. Valued at $90, it was not immediately recovered, Carlisle Borough police reported.
In September, Camp Hill Borough police issued a blanket reminder, in light of allegedly rampant sign theft, that “every citizen has the right to place political signs of their choice in their yard” under the First Amendment of U.S. Constitution.
“I think what we’re seeing on social media and on the news is playing out in our communities,” Agerton said. “I think the partisanship at the presidential level is trickling down.”
Polling indicates that that is the case in the United States, and has been growing for some time. Pew Research polling conducted in September 2019 found that 55% of Republicans and 47% of Democrats believed members of the opposite party were “more immoral” than the average American, versus 47% and 35% of respondents, respectively, three years earlier.
Likewise, 63% of Republicans see their Democratic neighbors as “more unpatriotic” than the baseline American; 75% of Democrats see Republicans as “more close-minded,” according to Pew data.
These feelings are not confined to the realm of politics. Pew data shows only 45% of Democrats and 38% of Republicans agree that members of the opposing party share other values and goals, even if they disagree about politics, with a majority of Americans now feeling that they lack common ground with their political opponents even outside the realm of electoral politics.