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Americans Have No Appetite For Politics At Thanksgiving Table, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 7 In 10 Plan To Give Same Amount To Charity As Last Year

In a country gripped by political polarization, Americans across the board agree on something: they are not in the mood to talk politics this Thanksgiving. Two-thirds of Americans, 66 percent, say they are hoping to avoid discussing politics while visiting family or friends this Thanksgiving, and 21 percent say they are looking forward to discussing politics, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of adults released today.

As for how likely people think there will be a heated political debate among their family or friends at Thanksgiving, half (50 percent) say not likely at all, 24 percent say not so likely, 15 percent say somewhat likely, and 9 percent say very likely.

"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," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.


Another thing Americans of all stripes agree on: charitable giving. Seventy percent say they plan to give about the same amount to charity as they did last year, 19 percent say they plan to give more, and 7 percent say they plan to give less.

"The pandemic nightmare may have brought emotional, and in some cases, financial upheaval to American homes, but it did not chip away at their charitable instincts," added Malloy.

1,378 U.S. adults nationwide were surveyed from November 11th - 15th with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Doug Schwartz, Ph.D. since 1994, conducts independent, non-partisan national and state polls on politics and issues. Surveys adhere to industry best practices and are based on random samples of adults using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones.

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