NBC Poll: Some voters say they won’t accept outcome of election

Moderator Chris Wallace, of FOX News, questions Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)

(NBC News/WDTN)–Hillary Clinton won the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential Election cycle by a 9-point margin over Donald Trump, according to likely voters who watched or followed coverage of Wednesday’s face-off.


A 46 percent plurality said Clinton won the debate, while 37 percent said Trump won. Another 17 percent said that neither candidate won the debate.

These results are according to the NBC News| SurveyMonkey Third Debate Reaction Poll conducted on Thursday, October 20.

Among likely voters, 31 percent said they might not accept the results as legitimate if their preferred candidate did not win. Eighteen percent said it’s unlikely they would accept the election as legitimate if their candidate loses, and 13 percent said they would definitely not accept it.

nbc-poll-accept-the-results-1Among Republican and Republican-leaning likely voters, 45 percent said they might not accept the election as legitimate if their candidate doesn’t win, including 18 percent who said they would definitely not accept the outcome. A majority of Republicans—53 percent—said they would accept the results of the election if their candidate loses.

An overwhelming majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters—82 percent—said they would definitely or probably accept the election.

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