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Fear May Be Behind Fewer Political Signs And Stickers This Election Year

DEDHAM (CBS) - If you've noticed fewer political lawn signs and bumper stickers during this election cycle, fear could be the reason why.

As Nov. 8 approaches, fewer people than usual are displaying their political affiliation via signs or stickers because tensions are running so high. Residents in Dedham said they understand why people are hesitant to make their political views public.

"Maybe because people are afraid to let people know who they're voting for," one Dedham resident told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens. "You don't see too many signs for either. Maybe people are afraid to get labeled."

People don't want to be labeled, others in Dedham said, because the result could be vandalism or even violence.

Some said they would worry about their car getting destroyed if they attached a political bumper sticker. Others said they'd be afraid of violence if they advertised support for Donald Trump because many in Massachusetts vote Democrat.

WBZ-TV Political Analyst Jon Keller said social media exacerbates that fear.

"Slapping a bumper sticker on your car, putting a sign in your yard, next thing you know there's a photo of it online," Keller said. "It gets back to people or someone you don't want it to get back to. Now you've angered your customers, perhaps your boss, people in your community."

Whatever the reason, Dedham residents said this election is like no other before.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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