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Poll: 58 Percent Dread Having to Talk Politics at Thanksgiving

Poll: 58 Percent Dread Having to Talk Politics at Thanksgiving
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By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 01:40 PM

Fifty-eight percent of people celebrating Thanksgiving are dreading having to talk politics, while just 31 percent said they are eager to discuss the topic, according to a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released on Tuesday.

The number who are eager to discuss politics has dropped significantly from last year's 43 percent, while those dreading it has increased from 53 percent in 2016.

"There's a sense of dread," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

"It suggests some indigestion may be part of Thanksgiving dinner if politics come up. People you work with and go out with socially tend to share political views, but when you get to family, if politics is in the recipe, it may not taste very well."

Other results of the survey indicated:

  • President Donald Trump is a polarizing topic, with 47 percent saying they find it "stressful and frustrating" when talking with people who have a different opinion about the president than they do.
  • That view was particularly relevant among Democrats, with 63 percent saying so, while only 28 percent said discussing Trump with those who have a different opinion was interesting and informative.
  • Among Republicans, however, only 40 percent found it stressful and frustrating, while 52 percent said it was interesting and informative. Independents as well were more positive, with 47 percent saying it was interesting to discuss Trump with those who have a different opinion, while 44 said it was stressful.
  • Sixty-seven percent of those polled said the tone and level of civility in Washington have gotten worse since Trump was elected a year ago, while 23 percent said it has stayed the same and only 6 percent said it has improved.
  • Among Democrats, 79 said the tone and civility had gotten worse, 13 percent said it was the same and 5 percent said it has improved. Among Republicans, 60 percent agreed the level of civility had dropped, 31 percent said it has stayed the same, and 7 percent said it was better. More than two-thirds of Independents said it has gotten worse, approximately a quarter said it has stayed the same and 7 percent said it has gotten worse.

Trump's approval rating remains steady at 39 percent, while 55 percent continue to disapprove of the job the president is doing.

Even as the GOP tax plan passed the House, 57 percent said they don't like how the Republicans have led the legislation, with only 31 percent approving.

The poll was conducted among 1,019 adults between November 13-15. The margin of error is 3.1 percent.

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