A majority of American voters fear election-related violence at the next presidential election in 2024, recent polling suggests.
It comes after three former U.S. Army generals raised concerns about the risk of “civil war” over the White House vote, although some experts downplayed such warnings.
Three in five (62 percent) voters surveyed in the new YouGov poll for University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) expressed concern about violence in 2024.
It found 46 percent of Democrat respondents were “very concerned,” while another 34 percent were “somewhat concerned.” Only 13 percent were “not too concerned” and just 6 percent “not concerned at all.”
Concern dipped among Republicans surveyed, with 16 percent “very concerned” and 25 percent “somewhat concerned.” Another 34 percent were “not too concerned” and 25 percent “not concerned at all.”
Independents were more evenly split, with 57 percent expressing they were either “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about potential violence.