Democratic Women Most likely to Block “Friends”


It is a sacrosanct liberal value, giving rise to the impulse to plaster ‘Coexist’ bumper stickers on Toyota Priuses from coast to coast (message to fellow motorists: I’m a good person).

The pattern among political independents mirrors the general population.

The smug, judgmental, ignorant self-righteousness this mentality breeds manifests itself in various unhealthy ways, such as physical violence, system-undermining delusions, and the publication of “think” pieces with titles like, “there’s no such thing as a good Trump voter.”

Fewer than one in ten Republicans (9%) and independents (9%) report eliminating people from their social media circle.

Political liberals are also far more likely than conservatives to say they removed someone from their social media circle due to what they shared online (28% vs. 8%, respectively).

Democrats, however, are five times more likely than Republicans to say they are trying to avoid certain family members due to their political views (10% vs. 2%, respectively).

Democratic men are nearly twice as likely as Republican men to block or ‘unfriend’ people in their social media circles because of their political views, and Democratic women are three times more likely to take this step than their Republican counterparts.

Closing oneself off from large groups of people who may see the world differently is not a hallmark of an intellectually-curious or ideologically-confident individual, and it virtually guarantees that the ‘blocker’ will retreat further into an insular echo chamber — which may help explain why so many people seemingly cannot understand or accept that Donald Trump won the election.

Eleven percent of moderates say they blocked, unfollowed, or unfriended someone due to what they posted online…Only five percent of Americans say they are planning on spending less time with certain family members because of their political views.



source: Guy Benson- accessed-Dec 20, 2016 2.)Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll, December 2005.

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