U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa Dec. 5, 2015.  Mark Kauzlarich—Reuters

Two-Thirds of Voters Concerned or Frightened of Potential Trump Presidency

Dec 10, 2015

A new poll found that two-thirds of American voters (64%) are either concerned about or afraid of a potential Donald Trump presidency—and that nearly as many (57%) are concerned about or frightened of a potential Hillary Clinton presidency.

The New York Times/CBS News nationwide poll included 1,053 registered voters from Dec. 4 to 8—meaning most people responded before Trump's remarks about banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

While the negative anticipation about each candidate fell mainly along party lines, one-third of Republicans said they were concerned or afraid of what would happen if Trump were president. Less than a quarter of Democrats said the same of Clinton.

Trump is leading polls among Republicans with 35% of voters supporting him, followed by Ted Cruz at 16%. Among the Democrats, Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 20 points.


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