Presidential race is tearing friends and neighbors apart, NJ pollster finds
Less than six weeks from Election Day, voters are feeling more disgusted than patriotic.
A national poll from Monmouth University finds friends have been lost and people in general are just nastier, all thanks to this year's presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Seventy percent of voters insisted the race has "brought out the worst in people." Democrats, Republicans and independents alike agree.
In fact, 7 percent of voters said they've lost or ended a friendship because of the rivaling campaigns.
"You can't talk about politics anymore; you can't have honest disagreements," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said of the voting public. "If you like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, then there's something wrong with you."
When asked about the harsh language coming from both camps, 30 percent of voters said its use is justified given the current state of the country. Nearly half of Trump voters in the survey sided with the harsh rhetoric, compared to 17 percent of Clinton supporters.
Describing their sentiment about the nation's politics overall, 20 percent of voters said they are angry. About two-thirds said they are dissatisfied.
"Of course, that means that no more than 1 in 10 voters say that they actually have a positive opinion of Washington," Murray said.
On the terrorism front, more than a third of voters said they feel the U.S. government is doing enough to prevent a future attack on American soil — a slight improvement since June, despite a recent string of domestic terror incidents. More than half of voters said homegrown terrorists pose a bigger threat to America than terrorists from overseas.
The telephone surveys were conducted just days after a New Jersey resident was arrested for his alleged role in a series of bombings in and around the Garden State.
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