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Trump voters are split on whether it's 'appropriate' for politicians to body-slam reporters

President Trump's supporters are nearly evenly split on whether it's "appropriate" for a politician to body-slam a journalist, a Public Policy Polling survey released Monday revealed. While 45 percent of Trump supporters said that it was not acceptable for a politician to use physical force against a reporter, 42 percent said it was.

The poll was released on the day incoming Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte (Mont.) was sentenced to 20 hours of "anger management" after he pleaded guilty to body-slamming a Guardian reporter. Gianforte will not serve jail time, though he will also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Overall, the poll found that 22 percent of voters said it was okay to body-slam a reporter, while 69 percent said it was not.

The poll was conducted among 811 registered voters between June 9-11. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percent.