TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Supporters Are Divided Over What Makes a ‘Strong Democracy’

Most Trump supporters don't think it's very important for the losing candidate to recognize the legitimacy of the winning one

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters have widely different views on what they think is important for a “strong democracy” to function properly, according to a new poll.

While 83% of people who plan to vote for Clinton believe it’s key for the losing presidential hopeful to “recognize the legitimacy” of the winning candidate, only 48% of Trump supporters think that is “very important” to maintain a strong democracy, a Pew Research Center poll shows.

In the same vein, when asked whether it’s important for news organizations to be free to criticize candidates, 72% of Clinton voters said yes but only 49% of Trump voters agreed.

More Clinton supporters—86%—also said it’s important for people to have the right to protest without violence. Sixty-nine percent of Trump supporters said that was very important.

The poll also found that almost an equal percentage of supporters of both major party candidates (93% of Clinton voters and 91% of Trump voters) agree that open and fair elections are very important to maintaining a strong democracy.

The Pew Research poll was conducted between Oct. 20 and Oct. 25 and surveyed 2,583 adults across the country. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.2%.

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