Poll: Four in Ten Americans Hope to Avoid Talking Politics on Thanksgiving

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A new poll released on Wednesday shows fewer than two in ten Americans are looking forward to discussing politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table, while four in ten hope to avoid political discussion altogether.

The CBS News poll, conducted by telephone from November 15-18 among 1,103 adults, revealed 15 percent of respondents are “looking forward to” mixing politics with Thanksgiving dinner while 40 percent said, “they hope to avoid it.” Forty-five percent of respondents to the survey say they “don’t care either way.”

The poll found 37 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats hoping to avoid political discussions this Thanksgiving. Forty-two percent of independents also said they hope to avoid politics.

When it comes to not caring whether politics becomes a topic during Thanksgiving dinner, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents seem to share the same opinion with 43 percent, 44 percent, and 46 percent respectively.

An AP poll released last year showed 20 percent of participants as eager to discuss politics at 2017 Thanksgiving gatherings.

The Thanksgiving holiday comes just weeks after several crucial and controversial midterm elections occurred across the country.

The CBS News poll described above has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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