By Grace Vasquez
We grew up talking politics in our home. My dad was a news junkie and as kid’s we’d hear dad upset over whatever was going on at local, state or national level. I didn’t realize at the time but it made an impression on my brothers and me, so when we get together, the topic ALWAYS turns to politics.
However, a recent polls found nearly one-third of all U.S. adults will actively avoid political conversations when they see friends and family over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. About 31% of adults “will be intentionally avoiding political conversations with family and friends” over the holidays. Another 48% “do not typically engage in political conversations” during holiday gatherings, and 21% will engage in political conversations with others “even if we disagree on issues.”
Now, I find myself in new waters as most of my family votes Democrat even though they agree with me. Yeah, I still can’t figure that one out either. So naturally, Trump voters were just as interested in avoiding political conversations as Democratic supporters. Women were more likely than men to avoid politics, and Baby Boomers were more likely than Millennials to avoid the topic. About 62% said politics was one of their “least favorite” conversation topics over holiday meals and gatherings.
Politics are tough to ignore since it infiltrates every aspect of our life. I just embrace it and hope to help others see my point of view and listen to their point of view. Hey that’s actually how we learn from each other right? Imagine if our politicians did the same thing? Sigh. ~grace