Most Americans aren’t in the mood for politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, according to a Quinnipiac poll released this week.
“If you are visiting with family or friends over Thanksgiving, are you eager to discuss politics or do you hope to avoid discussing politics? The survey asked.
Two-thirds said they “hoped to avoid” political talks this year, while only one-fifth, 21%, said they “looked forward to” such talks.
The hope of avoiding political discussions is shared by all, as 66% of Democrats, 69% of Independents and 68% of Republicans have agreed that they “hope to avoid” political discussions this year.
The survey also asked respondents: “How likely is it that there will be a heated political debate among your family or friends on the occasion of Thanksgiving; very likely, somewhat likely, unlikely or not at all likely? “
Most, 74%, think it is either “unlikely” or “not likely at all”. Once again, Democrats, Independents and Republicans have similar sentiments.
The survey, conducted from November 11 to 15, 2021, of 1,378 American adults has a margin of error of +/- 2.6%.
The questions follow a controversial year, as discussions over last year’s recess largely centered on the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and debates over whether the election was stolen from the former president. All the while, officials were still warning Americans to avoid gatherings, citing concerns about the Chinese coronavirus.
Yet this year America has encountered similar challenges, as well as new ones. Viral hysteria persists, with some blue states reintroducing restrictions. All the while, the economy is grappling with inflation as the prices of commodities, including gasoline, skyrocket. Meanwhile, millions of Americans face potentially dire circumstances due to the Biden administration’s mandate for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), requiring employers with 100 or more employees to require vaccinations. or implement weekly testing requirements, the latter being essentially a tax on labor. However, OSHA temporarily suspended the rule after the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to suspend its Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS).
The investigation coincides with a Ipsos / Axios poll released this week, which found that 67% of Americans plan to see their friends and family away from their immediate homes for the holidays.