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Americans Can Find Common Ground Despite Political Differences

A new survey by US polling firm Ipsos finds that Americans can get along, even though they may disagree on politics

Published on October 21, 2020

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With less than 2 weeks to go until the 2020 US Presidential Election, a new survey by Ipsos has found that although Americans may not necessarily like their political opponents, they can find common ground with them.

The study, conducted by US polling firm Ipsos, asked Americans if they can find common ground with people who have different views. 87% of Republicans, 83% of Democrats and 86% of Independents agreed that they can find common ground even with those that have different political ideas.

However, while the survey results showed an openness to discussion, the study also found a level of mistrust in opponents feeling the same way. Although 89% of Americans said they are "open to hearing the opinions of other people, regardless of their political identification", only 24% of Republicans said that Democrats are open to earing the views of others, and only 19% of Democrats said Republicans would be open to differing viewpoints.

The survey also found that one in four Americans "say they avoid people who have different political beliefs than them".

The study also found that personally knowing someone who has a different political affiliation makes an individual more likely to believe in common ground, although "Just a quarter say they get most of their information from personally knowing Democrats or Republicans (both 23%)." The survey also found that "Around forty percent of Americans get most of their information about the beliefs of Democrats (43%) and Republicans (42%) from news media, including social media, television, and radio."

For more insight from the study, check out this video report on YouTube with Ipsos Director of US, Public Affairs, Mallory Newell - www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3AKHg9X7tM, and for more results, go to www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-polls/newsy-polarization.

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