A majority of American voters fear a Donald Trump presidency would threaten their personal way of life about as much as Islamic terrorists have, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday.
Given six options to choose from, 61 percent of registered U.S. voters said they feel most threatened by radical Islamic extremists, followed by 54 percent who said a Trump administration frightens them the most.
Virtually the same percentage of voters (43 percent) said Republican policies and the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming president threaten their way of life, while 39 percent felt that way toward the Democratic Party's policy platform and 28 percent toward illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico.
Independent voters split roughly evenly when asked whether Trump (50 percent) or Clinton (51 percent) would pose a greater threat to their day-to-day lives. Looking at both major parties, however, Republican voters were far more likely to view their nominee for president as a potential threat (18 percent) than Democrats were of Clinton (6 percent).
The poll of 803 registered voters was conducted Aug. 4-7 and contains a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
A separate Monmouth survey of likely voters released earlier this week showed Clinton carrying a 13-point lead over Trump nationally — 50-37 percent.