Poll Finds People Are Losing Friendships Over This Election

And most believe it's bringing out the worst in people
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2016 3:40 PM CDT
Poll: This Election Is Bringing Out the Worst in People
Protesters clash with supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outside the Infinity Events Center in Salt Lake City in March.   (Chris Samuels/Deseret News via AP)

This election is tearing friendships apart. Politico reports that a poll released Wednesday by Monmouth University found that 7% of the 802 people surveyed say they've lost at least one friendship due to the election. Clinton supporters were the most susceptible to this, with 9% saying the election has cost them a friendship compared to 6% of Trump supporters, according to CBS News.

Perhaps that's due to the "harsh language" being used during the campaign. The poll found 65% of people think the election's harsh language is unjustified. But 47% of Trump supporters think it's justified compared to just 17% of Clinton supporters. More people (37%) believe the harsh language starts with Trump supporters than believe it starts with Clinton supporters (11%). Overall, 70% of respondents say the election has brought out the worst in people. Just 4% say it's brought out the best. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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