Poll: A third of voters 'scared' of Trump or Clinton nomination

By Ann Marie Awad  |  Feb. 16, 2016 at 6:25 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A new poll finds that roughly a third of voters say they are "scared" of the prospect of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton receiving their party's presidential nomination.

The poll, conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University and released Tuesday, showed 38 percent of likely voters said they were fearful if Trump won the Republican presidential nomination -- while 33 percent would feel the same if Clinton won the Democratic nod.

A Trump nomination scared 62 percent of surveyed Democrats, 17 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Independents. A Clinton nomination scared 60 percent of Republicans, 8 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Independents.

By contrast, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., wouldn't scare so many of those surveyed. Thirty one percent said they would be "satisfied" if Sanders won the Democratic nomination.

Broken down by party, 45 percent of Republicans are scared of a Sanders nomination, while 12 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Independents share that feeling.

The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters between Feb. 11-15 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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