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Friday, December 14, 2007
posted by Justin Hart | 10:51 AM | permalink
Rasmussen Reports came out this week with an interesting pre-holiday poll asking the question: "During your Holiday Family Gatherings, will you and your family discuss politics with a passion, avoid political discussins like the plague, or occasionally talk about the political news of the day?"

The results?

"Discuss politics with a passion": 15%
"Avoid political discussion": 25%
"Occasionally talk about politics": 58%
"Not sure": 2%

Couple of bullet points from the crosstabs:
  • There was no difference in the sexes. Men and women alike lined up with the numbers above.

  • However, women under 40 were almost twice as likely to "discuss politics with a passion" than their counterpart males (20% vs. 11%). In fact, 30% of men under 40 indicated that they tried to "avoid political discussion"

  • Republicans were far more likely than Democrats to discuss politics with a passion (22% vs. 13%)

  • People who are investors were more likely to avoid political discussion but its pretty negligible.

  • Interestingly, while "passionate" discussion was relatively the same among Whites, Blacks and "Others" (16%, 10% and 16%) Blacks were far more likely to discuss politics occasionally (56%, 72%, 54%), and avoidance of political discussion lines up in a like manner (26%, 16%, 27%).

  • Other age breakdowns. It appears that the fluctuation of "passionate" and "avoidance" goes in cycles. 18 to 29 avoid more; 30-39 more passionate; 40-49 less passionate; 50-64 more passionate; 65+ avoid more.

  • How about incomes? Avoidance seems to be the key variable: Under 20K - 42% avoid; 20K-40K 28% avoid; 40K-60K: 17% avoid; 60K-75K: 18% avoid; 75K-100K 22% avoid; 100K+ 15% avoid. Most "passionate" bracket? The last one, 100K+ at 22%

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