Poll: Most Americans dreading talk of politics at Thanksgiving dinner

Nearly six out of 10 Americans said they dread the thought of anyone bringing up politics over this year's Thanksgiving dinner, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist. Photo by Getty Images

A majority of U.S. adults say they “dread the thought of having to talk about politics at Thanksgiving dinner,” according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist. The poll found that 58 percent of Americans dread talking politics while 31 percent said they were eager to hash it out. And 11 percent of Americans said they were unsure.

2017 offered plenty to chew over. President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been full of controversy, marked by a debate over health care, a worsening opioid epidemic, and a deepening investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Even among Republican respondents, whose party controls both the White House and Congress, only 38 percent said they couldn’t wait to dish about politics this week. That was still higher than Democrats (30 percent) or politically independent voters (31 percent).

That shared sense of dread “was very interesting because it’s across the board, whether you’re a Democrat, Independent or Republican,” said Barbara Carvalho, who directs Marist Poll.

The polls also found that Americans can’t agree if there’s an upside to talking about Trump with…

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