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Poll: Voters blame Trump, protesters for rally violence

Nearly two-thirds of voters view Donald Trump as responsible for the violence at his rallies, but an overwhelming majority believe that the protesters are also to blame, a new national poll finds. 

{mosads}A new Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found that 64 percent of voters think the GOP front-runner causes the incidents that have occurred at his campaign events, compared to 34 percent who don’t believe he’s responsible. 

The poll also finds that 78 percent of voters blame the protesters at Trump’s rallies, compared to 70 percent who think the violence is caused by the real estate mogul’s supporters.

The survey comes amid a string of violent incidents and protests that have grabbed headlines at Trump’s events. Earlier this month, a rally in Chicago was called off due to major protests outside of the arena. At a different rally, a man was charged with assault and battery after video surfaced showing him punching a man in the face. 

“Donald Trump may say hired instigators have brought violence to his rallies, but 64 percent of American voters are laying the blame squarely on the candidate, while 78 percent are blaming the protestors [sic],” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement. 

The poll was conducted from March 16 to 21 and surveyed 1,451 registered voters via phone. The overall margin of error was 2.6 percentage points.

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