Poll: Nearly half of all voters concerned violent riots will come to their communities
"Half the country being worried about violence in their own community is a startling fact," said pollster Scott Rasmussen. "Not something we would normally see in 21st century America."
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Nearly half of all registered voters in the country are concerned that violent riots could arise in their own communities, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.
A total of 48% of voters expressed fears that the destructive protests across the U.S. in recent months might happen their own neighborhoods. Just 20% of voters, meanwhile, are not at all worried, while 30% said they were "not very worried" about the possibility. And 3% said they were unsure.
"Half the country being worried about violence in their own community is a startling fact," Rasmussen said. "Not something we would normally see in 21st century America."
"What's especially interesting about this is that it's not really a partisan issue. It's not that Republicans say they are worried while Democrats disagree," he continued. "Instead, roughly half the voters in each party is concerned. That means it could be a significant issue for the fall campaign. It's why President Trump is in Kenosha today and why Joe Biden made his comments about violence yesterday."
The recent riots – in which buildings and businesses have been destroyed and over a dozen people have been killed – have stemmed from the ongoing protest movement that arose following the police-involved death of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd, who died in late May.
The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from August 27-29, 2020.
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