A Lot Of People Are Getting Into Fights Over The Election

Members of both parties say they have no idea what their rivals are thinking.
"You're voting for WHO?"
"You're voting for WHO?"
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If you hadn't already noticed that this election is divisive, here's some proof: more than one-third of Americans have already gotten into a fight with a friend, family member or coworker about the campaign, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Twenty-six percent of Americans say they've argued with a friend about the elections this year, 23 percent have argued with a family member, while 11 percent have gotten into a fight with a coworker. A particularly adversarial 6 percent have managed to hit a trifecta.


A few groups are especially prone to getting into arguments. Nearly half of those who've graduated college say they've argued about the election, as do 46 percent of those under age 30. Forty-eight percent of self-described liberals say they've argued with someone, compared to 33 percent of moderates and 37 percent of conservatives.

One reason for the conflict is that a lot of people are honestly baffled by what the other side sees in their chosen candidate. Thirty-nine percent of Americans can't understand why anyone would vote for Hillary Clinton, while 42 percent can't understand why anyone would pick Donald Trump. (Ten percent can't understand why anyone would support either.)

Unsurprisingly, members of both parties have a difficult time seeing across the aisle. Sixty-five percent of Democrats say they can't understand why someone would vote for Trump, while 72 percent of Republicans don't get why anyone would vote for Clinton. Independents fall somewhere in the middle, with 45 percent saying they don't see Clinton's appeal, and 39 percent that they don't see Trump's.


The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted May 10 - May 12 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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