U.S. Presidential Elections Causing Friction Among American Families: 90 Percent Of Citizens Actively Discussing Politics [Survey]

The U.S. presidential elections have undeniably polarized America, but the highest amount of tension is experienced within American families, indicates a new study. With multiple candidates, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump, arguing who could be the better president of the United States, it is the common citizenry that is at loggerheads with each other within the confines of their homes.

According to ABC News, in association with SSRS, a survey research firm, nearly 40 percent of Americans have been experiencing heightened tensions with their family, friends, and acquaintances over the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The survey asked American citizens, who are most likely to vote, a series of questions pertaining to the psychological and emotional impact of the elections.

Questions asked during the survey involved how often the topic of elections cropped up in the casual discussions between family members, friends, and acquaintances. However, the survey revolved around the mental impact of the elections. Hence, surveyors asked whether the subject matter was the reason for any friction.


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Over 90 percent of the Americans are actively discussing the upcoming presidential elections with their families and friends. Moreover, the discussion about the election often crops up in between casual discussions, discovered the survey. Statistically, 58 percent of Americans discuss the election very often, and 32 percent somewhat often. The percentage of Americans who are not interested in the proceedings is steadily dropping. According to the survey, only about 4 percent of Americans want nothing to do with the elections and never discuss it with their families.

What’s concerning, however, is that nearly 40 percent of Americans get all hot and bothered when the topic of elections comes up for discussion during family gatherings. According to the survey, 37 percent of Americans have had some sort of altercation with their relatives or friends pertaining to the elections and the possible outcomes. In fact, these people admitted that the 2016 U.S. presidential election is the reason for escalated tensions with their loved ones.

Interestingly, the survey discovered that the two leading presidential nominees, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are two of the most disliked presidential candidates in history. Never before has such hatred been recorded, claims the survey. Even in the race of being hated, there is some close competition. According to the survey, 63 percent of registered voters see Trump unfavorably. However, around 57 percent of those surveyed didn’t have a favorable opinion of Hillary Clinton. These are the highest negative ratings for major-party candidates in ABC/Washington Post polling history, which dates back 32 years, reported ABC News.

Despite the elections being one of the primary reasons Americans have been arguing with their near and dear ones, the majority still considers the event and the aspects leading up to the same as vital education for the young generation. More than three-quarters of Americans surveyed insisted that it was vital that their kids pay close attention to the elections and the behavior and arguments presented and debated by the candidates. Statistically, 71 percent of Americans feel it is appropriate for children to observe the proceedings, while the rest feel that it would be better if the younger generation was kept away from all aspects about the elections.

With the presidential race heating up with each passing day, all the candidates are in their final phases of appealing to the general citizenry. With opinion polls crowning a different candidate as America’s favorite each time they are conducted and some candidates crying about the elections being rigged, the upcoming U.S. presidential elections does promise to be very exciting.

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