Poll: 57% of Americans Feel Trump Supporters Have ‘Very Aggressive’ Online Behavior

A new poll examined users’ feelings about the ‘hostile social media environment’ surrounding the 2016 presidential election in the U.S.

A new poll commissioned by social media consultancy RAD Campaign and Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, examined users’ feelings about the ‘hostile social media environment’ surrounding the 2016 presidential election in the U.S.

The poll surveyed 1,017 Americans over the age of 18, and found 15 percent of respondents have unfriended someone on a social network because of an opinion they’ve expressed about the 2016 election.

In addition, the poll found 23 percent of Hispanics / Latinos, and 25 percent of Americans under the age of 35 ‘are the most likely to unfriend someone they don’t agree with politically.’

Elsewhere, 14 percent of respondents under the age of 35 said their jobs could be at risk if they expressed political opinions online.

When asked to categorize the behavior of supporters of five presidential candidates, 57 percent of respondents said supporters of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump have ‘very aggressive’ online behavior. By comparison, 30 percent of respondents said supporters of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have ‘very aggressive’ online behavior.

Overall, the poll showed 54 percent of Americans think presidential campaigns ‘should take more of a stand against the aggressive behavior of their supporters.’

Check out the full poll results in the infographic below.

Featured image courtesy of Olya Steckel / Shutterstock.com.

Election Social Media Infographic