Seventy-one percent (71%) believe it is possible to like and respect someone with fundamentally different political views. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 13% disagree and 15% are not sure.
However, when specific issues are mentioned, there is less enthusiasm. Thirty-two percent (32%) say it is not possible to like and respect someone who wants to ban private ownership of handguns. The same percentage (32%) says like and respect is impossible for someone who opposes same-sex marriage. Finally, 17% couldn’t like and respect someone who opposes illegal immigration.
All three of these cases asked about liking and respecting someone whose views are out of step with the majority of voters. Polls consistently show that eight-out-of-ten voters believe illegal immigration is bad for the United States. Seventy-two percent (72%) oppose banning private ownership of handguns. Sixty-seven percent (67%) favor same-sex marriage.
A separate question found that 57% say it is not possible to like and respect someone who openly mocks Christianity. Unlike the three cases mentioned above, Christianity is viewed favorably by most Americans. Additionally, this question went further than the others. It asked not just about someone who disapproves of Christianity, but someone who acts on that view to openly mock Christians.
Liberals were more likely than conservatives to say it’s impossible to like and respect someone who opposes same-sex marriage or illegal immigration. Conservatives found it harder to like and respect someone who wants to ban handguns or openly mocks Christianity (see crosstab results).
The survey also found that 27% could not like and respect someone who is uninformed about current events.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted March 7-8, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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