Amid this backdrop, the percentage of Americans citing governmental leaders or behavior as the top problem jumped to 29% — the highest in almost a year — from 20% in December. Also, a record-high 12% cited national discord, up from 5% last month. At the same time, mentions of the coronavirus fell 11 percentage points to 22%, while mentions of race-related issues were essentially unchanged at 10%…

The 12% of Americans citing national division and lack of unity as the top problem is the highest in Gallup’s seven decades of asking this question, dating back to 1939. It came close in February 2017 (10%), shortly after Trump’s inauguration, and October 2017 (11%), as political tensions were running high over Trump’s downplaying of white-supremacist violence after a deadly incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his decision the month before to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). Mentions of unity subsequently fell to single digits, until now.