Americans Have Lost Friends Over 2016 Presidential Election, Poll Finds

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.


One Comment

  1. sceesic says:

    Who’s Trump?

  2. mpasse says:

    I’m not sure I could be actual friends with someone disturbed enough to vote to put Donald Trump in charge of our nuclear weapons and in charge of submitting policy for 300 Mill people.

  3. Benjamine Eaton says:

    So 93% are not lost as friends; I’ll take that. I don’t allow “friends” who judge me; they either accept me as I am or they don’t and we move on. We may disagree, but if it gets to the point where I’m not longer a “friend” to them then so be it … it’s their loss. Not every person you know is a true friend, some are just acquaintances you see from time to time. My wife and I disagree on many things, but I respect her opinion and she respects mine … that’s the way it works.
    If you lose a friend because of your personal opinions, you’re better off without them.

  4. M. E. says:

    I had to fire 3 Trump supporters, can’t have stupid people working for me.

  5. Trish says:

    Not in Navaaada……… it’s probably 2 out of 3….. People are afraid to disclose that are NOT voting for Trump. For Fear of Being Shut Down and Shamed!

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