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Polls Aside, Voters Aren't Sure What To Expect On Election Day

Despite a commanding lead by Hillary Clinton in the polls, many Donald Trump supporters say they won't believe it if she wins.
Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 26, 2016

A new USA Today poll shows Hillary Clinton has opened a nearly 10 percentage point lead over Donald Trump, but there's still an unusual amount of uncertainty about what might happen on election day.

A survey of 1,000 likely voters found Clinton polling at 47 percent support, compared to 38 percent for Trump. Nine percent were undecided. Four percent of respondents preferred Libertarian Gary Johnson, and 2 percent supported Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

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Trump made accusations about an unfair election a centerpiece of his campaign. His supporters are taking note. Many of them are saying they won't accept a Clinton presidency.

Forty-three percent of Trump voters said they would blame corruption if he lost, compared to just 35 percent who said they would believe Clinton won fairly. But 72 percent of Clinton supporters said they would trust a Trump victory.

Over 60 percent of respondents believe the country is more divided than it used to be, and that could be giving rise to some serious fears about American democracy. Less than half of likely voters said they are very confident about a peaceful transfer of power in 2016.

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That's apparently become a big worry for voters. More than half of respondents said they had some concerns about violence on Election Day.

Trump supporter Rick Darling told the USA Today that he's been buying ammunition in response to Clinton's increasing poll numbers. He said, "I don't know what's going to happen. It's so unpredictable. The country is so divided. I'm going to be prepared. If it all falls apart, I'm going to be ready if I have to be."