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Who Is Most Responsible For Divisions In The U.S.? Social Media Ranks #1 Among Young Voters, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Table The Talk About Politics At Thanksgiving, Say Voters

Given a list of four options and asked which they hold most responsible for divisions among Americans, voters say social media (35 percent), political leaders (32 percent), cable news channels (28 percent), and other countries (1 percent), according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of registered voters released today.

The group that holds social media most responsible for divisions among Americans is voters 18 - 34 years old. Forty-five percent of voters 18 - 34 years old hold social media the most responsible, followed by cable news (27 percent) and political leaders (26 percent).

"When it comes to the source of the angry white noise of discord and division, the segment of the population most connected to it is the age group most critical of it," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.


As Americans get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, voters agree they would rather not talk about politics while visiting with family or friends.

Roughly 6 out of 10 voters (61 percent) say they are hoping to avoid discussing politics while visiting with family or friends this Thanksgiving, while 29 percent say they are looking forward to discussing politics. Answers were similar across all listed groups.

"A healthy dose of 'zip it' will be on the menu as voters acknowledge that if they plan on 'talking turkey' over the big meal, it will be about the food and not about politics," added Malloy.

Nearly 6 out of 10 voters (59 percent) say politics in the United States over the last year has not changed how they feel about discussing politics with family and friends, while 30 percent say it has changed for the worse, and 9 percent say it has changed for the better.

1,574 self-identified registered voters nationwide were surveyed from November 9th - 13th with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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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