WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBS) – There’s no doubt that this year’s presidential race has been a nasty one, but one poll finds that it’s actually costing some Americans to lose friends.
A survey by Monmouth University shows that 7 percent of voters have lost or ended a friendship because of this election. That breaks down to 9 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters who say they’ve had friend break-ups, compared to 6 percent of Donald Trump fans and about 3 percent of other voters.
Monmouth notes that’s not too unusual – 7 percent of voters also say they’ve lost friends during past elections.
Keller @ Large: Friendship Over Politics
Other numbers reported by the poll demonstrate just how negatively Americans see this race.
According to Monmouth, 70 percent of those surveyed say the campaign has brought out the worst in people.
Many voters also aren’t happy with the harsh language that dominates the current political landscape – 65 percent say it’s unjustified.
“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,” polling director Patrick Murray said in a statement.