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Poll finds 2016 presidential election ‘scares’ women more so than men

October 6, 2016

Women are much more scared than men about the results of this year’s presidential election, according to a poll conducted by TIME and SurveyMonkey following the first presidential debate.

The online tracking poll took the pulse of 5,478 registered voters, asking respondents to choose from different feelings that they felt described the election. Some 53 percent of female respondents said they were scared by the election, compared to just 37 percent of male respondents who reported such feelings. Overall, 48 percent of respondents said they were “disappointed,” 46 percent were “scared,” 23 percent were “sad,” 15 percent were “excited,” nine percent were “satisfied,” while four percent said, “I don’t care that much.”

Clinton backers were also significantly more likely to feel scared by the election than Trump voters, with 52 percent of Clinton supporters saying they were scared compared to only 39 percent of Trump supporters. Twenty-five percent of Clinton backers also reported feeling sad about the election, compared to 18 percent of Trump voters. A poll last week showed the 2016 race is taking a toll on human relationships: 7 percent of respondents said they’d ended a friendship over the election.

Read the full story at TIME.


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