More people say it's "stressful" to talk politics with those they disagree with
(KUTV) -- More people now say it's "stressful" to discuss politics with people they disagree with, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center.
Over the past two years, Americans have become more likely to say that it's "stressful and frustrating" to have political conversations with those they disagree with, stated the Pew Research Center survey from Monday.
The change in opinion came largely among Democrats, where 57 percent said talking about politics with people they disagree with is stressful and frustrating, up 12 percent from two years ago. By contrast, Republicans feel that they have changed very little, where 49 percent continue to find these conversations stressful.
Overall, 53 percent of Americans said talking politics with people they disagree with is generally stressful and frustrating, while 45 percent said these conversations are "interesting and informative."
In March 2016, slightly more people found that these conversations were informative than stressful during the presidential primaries.
The national survey - conducted Sept. 24 to Oct. 7 - also found that a majority of Americans said when discussing politics with people they disagree with, they find that they usually have less in common politically than they thought, around 63 percent.
Views on whether political conversations lead to common ground do not differ by party affiliation, the survey stated, unlike opinions about whether they're informative or stressful. Majorities in both Democrats and Republicans said they find they usually have less common ground when discussing politics with those who have opposing views.
Among Democrats and Democratic independents, 63 percent of liberals said such conversations are frustrating and stressful, compared to both conservatives and moderates, who are around 51 percent. And, among Republicans and Republican independents, 53 percent of conservatives said it's stressful to discuss politics with those they disagree with.
Sixty-three percent of Americans said when talking about politics with those they disagree with, they usually have less in common politically than they thought previously, and fewer than a third of Americans said they find they have more in common with people they politically disagree with. These opinions have changed only modestly since 2016.
There is little division across parties and ideologies as well: more than 60 percent in each group said they find that when discussing politics with those they disagree with, they usually find they have less in common politically than they thought.
To see the full report, visit pewresearch.org.