Anecdotally the numbers from this survey won’t surprise anyone. But they provide statistical support for what we all know to be true.
Even as most Americans say they will be spending time with their family this Thanksgiving, most will not be talking about politics:
Among those spending time with their family, just 31% said they will probably talk about the election, while 58% say they won’t. Democrats are most likely to say they will talk politics with their family (41%) compared to 29% of Republicans.
Most Americans (77%) say that Thanksgiving celebrations are not the time to discuss politics. Republicans (81%) are more likely to say this than Democrats (74%).
74% of Democrats say that it’s not the time, yet 41% will do it anyway.
Anecdotally, I can tell you who’s more likely to initiate political discussions at the dinner table. There are a number of reasons for this.
1. The media and lefty groups keep issuing “How to debate politics at the Thanksgiving table” guides. This year even Biden got into it. That kind of prompting has consequences.
2. More missionizing and fanatical movements are more likely to want to preach. And that’s the Left in a nutshell now.
3. They operate in such an echo chamber that they often begin a political rant or start off with a SNL bit without even considering that anyone might disagree with them.
4. Political peer pressure requires virtue signaling to avoid cancelation.
And on that note, another interesting factoid from the survey.
Republicans (58%) are more likely than Democrats (48%) to report that they have had a meal with someone of another party in the past year
Like the old statistic about self-reported differences between men and women, the obvious question is are there especially promiscuous Democrats who have meals with a lot of Republicans or are Democrats more likely to deny doing it in surveys out of fear of saying the wrong thing and being canceled?
What do you think?