Released on Thursday, a new poll by Suffolk University and USA Today asked respondents, “How concerned are you about the possibility of violence on Election Day and afterwards?”
Just under 36% said they were very concerned, and 38.5% said they were somewhat concerned. Eleven percent said they were not very concerned, and another 11% said they weren’t concerned at all.
One thousand likely voters were interviewed between Oct. 23-27. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
In October 2016, the polling group asked voters a similar question. Only 50% of voters were very or somewhat concerned at the time.
The results of the election may not be clear on Tuesday. On the Right and the Left, activists have been asked to serve as “poll watchers.” Officials across the country have begun coordinating with law enforcement and preparing for the possibility of conflict.
“I strongly urge everyone to act in a way that is conspicuously and unquestionably intimidation-free, hindrance-free,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a video posted online. “It’s not your job to prevent people from voting or to hinder them from voting or to make them think twice about voting.”