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Poll: People are ending friendships over presidential race

A recent poll by Monmouth University found that friendships have been ended due to someone’s feelings toward either candidate in the presidential election.

The school reports in a news release that 7 percent of the people they polled said they had ended a friendship over the presidential race while 2 in 3 said that this race has “brought out the worst in people.”

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According to the school, 802 registered voters in the United States were polled over the phone in September. The data showed that 4 percent of the people surveyed found that the election brought out the best in people, while 30 percent said the “harsh language used in politics today is justified given the current state of the country.”

Monmouth University added that 47 percent of Donald Trump voters that were polled said that the harsh language is justified, compared to only 17 percent from Hillary Clinton supporters and 21 percent undecided.

"Half of Trump supporters seem to be saying let the expletives fly, but many voters blame both sides equally for the negative tone of this year's campaign," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in the news release.

According to the data, 7 percent of voters reported having a friendship come to a close due to the reactions to the presidential race, with 9 percent being Clinton supporters, 6 percent being Trump supporters and 3 percent undecided. The poll also found that 34 percent of voters feel the country is doing enough to prevent future terrorist attacks, while 57 percent said not enough is being done.

Read more at Monmouth University.

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