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Nearly half of swing state voters expect violence around elections: survey

Nearly half of voters in a group of swing states said they expect violence around the upcoming presidential election, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll asked voters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: “How much do you trust each of the following: that the election and its aftermath will be free of violence.”

Thirty-one percent of respondents said “not much,” while 18 percent said “not at all.” Thirty-five percent said “some,” and those who answered “a lot” were 16 percent.

The same poll also found that in a hypothetical matchup between former President Trump and President Biden, swing state voters favored Trump by 4 points, with Trump at 48 percent in the poll to Biden’s 44 percent.

A recent New York Times poll showed Trump ahead of Biden by 3 percentage points in Pennsylvania, 5 points in Michigan, 7 points in Arizona, 10 points in Georgia and 12 points in Nevada. However, Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by 2 points.

Biden won each of the six states in the 2020 election, but not by any significant margin.

Voters will see Biden and Trump clash face-to-face this summer as they quickly agreed to two debates last week, one of which would take place in late June.

The Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll was conducted from May 7 to 13, with a sample of 4,962 registered voters from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and a margin of error of 1 percentage point.

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