Two in Five U.S. Voters Fear Violence at Polling Stations

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According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, two in five U.S. voters say they are worried about threats of violence and voter intimidation at polling stations during the country’s midterm elections.

Broken down by parties, the fear was more in Democratic voters, 51% of whom said they were worried about violence. Compared to 38% of Republicans who harbored some of the same concerns.

One in 10 Democrats and one in four Republicans say they were not confident that their ballots would be accurately counted. The poll also found two-thirds of Republicans and one-third of Democrats think voter fraud is a widespread problem. Republicans still felt like the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Trump despite dozens of U.S. courts dismissing those claims.

Ebony Brown, whose brother, Isaac E Brown Jr.,, seen in the photo at left, was shot and killed in 2002, poses for a photo in McDonough, Ga., on Aug. 29, 2022. Brown doesn’t consider herself a gun lover, but the mother of two is considering purchasing a pistol for protection in case she is ever threatened with a gun. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

So far, over 11,000 people have cast their ballots for the midterms; 48.7% of them are Democrats and 31.3% are Republicans.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents were concerned that extremists will commit acts of violence after the election if they are unhappy with the outcome.


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