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Who Talks to Who About Politics?

Do you know where your closest friends stand on the big political issues of our time?
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U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: Lane V. Erickson/Shutterstock)

U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo: Lane V. Erickson/Shutterstock)

Last month the Pew Research Center released new poll data tracing the conversations Americans have with others about politics. It revealed that the people with the strongest views talk about and enjoy talking about politics the most:


In part because of differences in the importance of politics to people, the political content of friendships varies. Almost a quarter of Americans—mostly moderates—say that they “don’t really know what most [of their] close friends think” about political issues. Just over a third, however—mostly on the tails—report that their close friends agree with them.


Pew is optimistic, reporting that two-thirds of Americans do talk to people with whom they disagree, at least a little.


Read more from Amy Mitchell and her co-authors at the Pew Research Center.

This post originally appeared on Sociological Images, a Pacific Standard partner site, as “Chart of the Week: Who Talks to Who About Politics?”