Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republican voters say they have close friends who are Democrats, while just 52% of Democrats say they have close friends who are Republicans.
A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that this same pattern held up in questions about family relationships. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans have Democrats as family members while only 51% of Democrats say they have Republican family members.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of independent voters say they have an even mix of Republicans and Democrats as close friends (see question wording and crosstabs).
The responses somewhat mirror growing concerns of tighter political bubbles in America, aided greatly by social media platforms like Facebook.
But as my latest column explains, Americans aren’t as intensely engaged in every political battle of the day. For example, another ScottRasmussen.com poll showed that 53% of Americans still do now know who Maine Senator Susan Collins is even after she cast the key swing vote in the confirmation process for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
This leads is more common ground and a recognition of the difference between America’s political and societal attitudes. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans strongly or somewhat agree that American society is less polarized than its politics, 63% of Democrats strongly or somewhat agree with that outlook.
In social situations, 51% of voters say they get caught up in too many political discussions while 49% say not enough. Older voters are likely to say that politics comes up too often while younger voters say not enough.
Additionally, in social gatherings with those who have different political views, 81% try to avoid political discussions in social gatherings with family and friends who have different political views than their own. But among the minority who seek out such discussions, 66% say they turn out to be a more serious exchange of ideas rather than just arguing.
My latest book, The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not, makes the case that fundamental changes in America will come from the culture while politics and politicians will lag behind.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 7-8, 2018 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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