Young Dem voters are “more likely to hate the other party,” a recent poll published by Axios found.
According to the report, Dems are “far more likely to dismiss individuals than Republicans.” The poll discovered that 71 percent of Democrats wouldn’t go on a date with a person that holds opposing views, 37 percent wouldn’t be friends with a Republican, and 30 percent wouldn’t work for an employer with a different voting history.
“Why this matters: Partisan divides — as each side of the spectrum inhabits parallel media, political, cultural universes —make a future of distrust and discord in America all the more likely,” Axios wrote. The poll was conducted Nov. 18-22 with 850 students from two-year colleges and four-year colleges, and the margin of error was +/- 3.4 percentage points.
In contrast, only about 31 percent of Republicans said they wouldn’t go on a date with someone from the opposite political party, and just five percent said they wouldn’t be friends with a Dem. Seven percent of Republicans said they couldn’t work for someone from the opposite party.
Aside from politics, females are less likely than males to date someone with a different viewpoint, 41 percent to 67 percent. Females are also less likely than males to work for an employer who voted for a different candidate than they did, 76 percent to 86 percent. Males are more likely than females to support companies that have different viewpoints from their own, 84 percent to 68 percent.
The results of the poll can be contextualized by a 2020 survey which found that 62 percent of people in America — and 77 percent of Republicans — were scared to share their political views. Even most of Dems (52%) reported being scared to share their views and political preference. According to the 2020 poll report:
A new national Cato survey has found that self censorship is increasing in America. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that today’s political climate prevents them from saying out loud the things they believe in because others may find them offensive. The share of people who self censor has increased several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans had agreed with this statement.
Strong liberals were the only political group who felt that they could express themselves. About six in ten of staunch liberals stated they felt they could say what they believe.
Author: Blake Ambrose