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Voters Continue to See Greater Danger of Political Violence

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Despite America’s increasing partisanship leading up to the midterm elections, voters actually see a little bit less of a threat of political violence than this time a year ago. And, for once, Republicans and Democrats alike agree.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters think there is a greater danger of political violence these days compared to past years, but that is down from 76% in June 2017 just after a gunman opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice.  In 2016, 61% feared there was a greater danger of political violence during that presidential election season than past elections. (To see survey question wording, click here.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 27 & 30, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

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