Do you plan to talk politics at Thanksgiving dinner? Turns out, most Americans want to skip the topic this year.
A new Quinnipiac University poll found 66% of Americans are “hoping to avoid” politics at the dinner table this Thursday. Meanwhile, just 21% look forward to talking about the ever-contentious subject.
But here’s the truly fascinating finding: the quest to avoid political banter is a bipartisan position. Very rarely do we see Democrats, Republicans, and independents in agreement on, well, anything — yet this seems to be an exception.
The poll found 68% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats, and 69% of independents are all hoping to avoid political talk as the gobble down Thanksgiving dinner.
Considering the ever-complex divides that only seem to grow, that agreement is noteworthy.
“A heaping serving of political back and forth with your cranberries and stuffing? No way, say Americans, who would far rather feast on the big meal than feud with each other on Turkey Day,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy quipped in a statement announcing the findings.
Most Americans also feel it’s unlikely they’ll experience a heated political debate at the table this year. Just 24 percent said they believe such a scenario is either “very” or “somewhat likely.”
You can read the full results from Quinnipiac here.
It’s remarkable to see Democrats, Republicans, and independents all pretty much equally squeamish about the possibility of discussing our increasingly contentious political situation at the dinner table.
Considering last year’s toxic electoral environment — not to mention the ongoing COVID-19 chaos — it seems most are looking to simply enjoy family and focus on the most important elements of the holiday season.
Let’s pray peace abounds for those who do anticipate political drama around the family table — and that Americans will instead focus on what truly matters: faith in God, love, and gratitude.
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