Susan Page on Election Day Violence: ‘Not a Question We Felt We Had to Ask in Previous Elections’

"We don't have any framework, we don't have any history to compare this to," she says of a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll.

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page joined MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson to discuss the results of the latest USA Today/Suffolk University poll.

Page talked about the results of the poll on issues like who people would vote for if the election were held today, what people think about issues like rigging, Wikileaks, sexual allegations against Trump–you know, this election’s new normal. And then came the final poll result Jackson wanted to discuss.

“As Donald Trump talks about a rigged system, as we see what is happening in his rallies among his supporters, and just the rhetoric in general in this race, an interesting number of voters in this poll [51 percent] are concerned about the prospect of violence on are after election day,” said Jackson. “What can you tell us?”

Here is Page’s response:

I think it surprised us. A majority of Americans have at least some concern that there will be violence on Election Day, and 1 out of 5 are very concerned about that, so clearly the harsh rhetoric of this campaign, the late-breaking allegations by Donald Trump over rigged election, have people concerned that there might be trouble at the polls.

We don’t have any framework, we don’t have any history to compare this to because this is not a question we felt we had to ask in previous elections.

The new normal is not normal at all.

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