Twenty-seven percent (27%) of voters nationwide believe they have been discriminated against because of their political views. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 60% have not experienced such discrimination and 13% are not sure.
Among senior citizens, just 13% believe they have faced discrimination because of their political views. However, among voters under 35, that number is three times as high: 39%.
There are only modest partisan differences on this question. From an ideological perspective, those who are very conservative (41%) or very liberal (37%) report more discrimination than those who are moderate or only “lean” conservative or liberal.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of those who Strongly Approve of President Trump say they’ve experienced discrimination because of their views. As for those who Strongly Disapprove, just 22% say their political views have led to discrimination (see crosstab results).
Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters say that most or all of the time they’re afraid to let co-workers, friends, or neighbors know their views. Another 25% say that happens some of the time. Just over half (53%) are rarely or never afraid of sharing their views.
Among those who Strongly Approve of President Trump, 30% are afraid most of the time. As for those who Strongly Disapprove, just 16% are that worried about sharing their political views.
Data released earlier showed that 18% of voters hold some political views that would shock their close friends and family members. And, only 19% of voters say all their close friends and family members know their important political beliefs.
Few voters consider political affiliations as an important part of their identity. Still, 20% have lost a friendship due to political differences.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted July 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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