America Speaks: Do they think there will be violence following the election results?

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
September 22, 2020, 2:32 PM UTC

A huge portion of YouGov Chat users (74%) think there will be violence following the results of the 2020 presidential election. Of those who believe there will be violence following the election, half (53%) say there will be a lot of violence, while 21 percent say they expect a little. 

But why do YouGov users think there will be violence following the election results? We asked our Chat users to go deeper and tell us what they think. You can share your views on whether you expect violence following the election here.  

“Whichever side loses will be protesting the winner.” 

When we asked Chat users to tell us why they think there will be violence following the election results, many cited concerns over supporters on either side not accepting the results. “There will be very unhappy people either way it goes,” wrote one user. “No matter who wins the other side will claim corruption and voter fraud,” said another. 

“Neither side, left or right, will accept the results and willingly go along with the opposition's vision for our country.” 

For YouGov Chat users who support Biden, many pointed fingers at Trump supporters and stated that any future violence is to be led by the possibility of the President not accepting the election results. "Trump may not accept the result and call on his supporters to cause violence,” said one user.  

In contrast, most Trump supporters who participated in the YouGov Chat pointed fingers at Biden supporters and Democrats, stating that those groups are likely to protest if President Trump is re-elected. “Because democrats will not accept a Trump victory and will encourage violence and civil unrest,” wrote one user.  

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Everyday, members of YouGov Chat are asked to share their opinion on a topic in the news. We allow anyone to take part in these chats, and do not display or weight results in real-time. Instead, to make the experience informative but still interactive, the Chat displays weighted data from YouGov Direct to show them how the rest of the country voted. This enables us to pose the question to all, while retaining data accuracy and validity when communicating results.  

YouGov Chat seeks to add to the ‘what?’ (the quantitative poll result) by finding the ‘why?” (qualitative open ends) in a member’s own words. Learn more about YouGov Chat here.    

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