Twenty-nine percent (29%) of American adults have an immediate family member that they did not speak to at all in 2018. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 49% of them did not speak to each other due to a conscious decision while 51% said it was just a matter of drifting apart.
Those who went through 2018 without speaking to a particular family member are evenly divided as to whether they’re likely to have a conversation in 2019. However, 5% of all adults say it’s Very Likely they will never speak to that immediate family member again.
Among those who said it was a conscious decision not to speak to a family member, 55% said the decision was their own, 24% said it was the other person’s choice, and 21% deemed it a mutual decision (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier shows that 38% of Americans had a close friend or family member pass away in 2018. Twenty-two percent (22%) had someone close to them move far away.
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The national survey of 1,077 Adults was conducted December 26-27, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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