51% Want More Political Discussion… With People Who Share Their Views

In social settings, 49% of voters say they get caught up in too many political discussions. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 51% disagree and believe they don’t have enough political discussions.

However, in social setting with close friends or family members who have different political views, there is little desire for political talk. In such situations, 76% generally try to avoid conversations about politics. That includes 75% of those who say they don’t have enough political discussions.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Republicans would like more political discussions in social settings. So would 45% of Democrats and 46% of Independent voters.

However, when the social setting includes people of different views, 78% of Republicans try to avoid political chatter. So do 75% of Democrats and 76% of Independents (see crosstab results).

The survey also found that 67% of Democrats believe most or all of their family members are Democrats. Fifty-three percent (53%) of Republicans think most of their family members belong to the GOP. Independent voters say they have a fairly even political mix in the family.

When it comes to close friends, 53% of Democrats say most share the same views and another 36% say their friends are fairly evenly divided along party lines. Just 4% of Democrats believe most of their friends are Republicans.

The numbers are similar for the GOP: 49% believe most share their views and 42% believe their friends represent a bi-partisan mix. Just 4% of Republicans believe most of their friends are Democrats.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted May 5-6, 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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