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
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)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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