Bloomberg: Americans fear a surge in violence during the presidential race

Half of voters in swing states worry that a rematch between Biden and Trump could give rise to unrest, according to a fresh poll. Underlying those concerns is a deep partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, who are at odds on everything from the economy to migration on key issues, Bloomberg writes.

Half of voters in swing states worry that the U.S. presidential election will be accompanied by various manifestations of violence. Their sentiments give an indication of how the fierce race and its results will be perceived by the highly polarised American electorate, Bloomberg writes.

According to the publication’s poll, Democrats and Republicans are equally fearful of upheaval during a repeat confrontation between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. But third-party supporters are most worried about likely acts of violence.

However, voters’ worries are not limited to this. 60 per cent of respondents admit they are worried about misinformation and 46 per cent fear foreign interference in the election.

The share of voters who doubt or do not believe at all that the voting will be fair and legitimate was smaller. But their numbers have risen since March, Bloomberg notes.

At the heart of voter anxiety is a deep partisan divide. It affects how Democrats and Republicans view everything from economic development to the importance of issues like immigration and abortion, the publication says.

That said, Americans have repeatedly witnessed activism turn into unrest, including a wave of protests during last year’s election campaign following the police killing of George Floyd. In addition, discontent over Biden’s victory spilled over into the storming of the Capitol on 6 January 2021, Bloomberg recalls.