Many Americans are concerned that violence will break out in November

A majority of voters believe progressives will react in violence if Trump wins another term

Updated: August 3, 2020 - 1:45pm

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In the election of 1800,  growing partisanship between the Federalist camp, led by John Adams, and the Democratic-Republican camp, led by Thomas Jefferson, resulted in one of the most bitter, contentious, and fiercely partisan presidential elections in US history.

However, the rivalry between Adams and Jefferson quickly changed after Jefferson assumed office. The two became great friends, exchanged many historically important letters, and their friendship lasted until their deaths on July 4th, 1826.

Now imagine President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden forming the same type of bond. It’s difficult to picture and probably wouldn’t happen. 

Right now, 62% of those polled believe that progressive activists will react with violence if Donald Trump is elected for another term this November. On the opposite side, 36% of voters expect violence from conservatives if Joe Biden is elected president. Interestingly enough, 53% of Democrat voters believe that violence will erupt no matter who is elected. This is a very bleak outlook on how Americans view each other. 

Scott Rasmussen discusses some presidential history and why Americans feel so negatively about their fellow voters, in his new Number of the Day podcast. 

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