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Voters See Growing Intolerance for Political Opinions

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

It’s been almost two years since Donald Trump was elected president, but for a third of voters, the 2016 election has had long-lasting negative effects on relationships with family and friends. Most voters also think Americans are less tolerant of each other’s political opinions these days.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 82% of Likely U.S. Voters feel Americans are less tolerant of other’s political opinions, up from 77% in February 2017 and 70% in 2016 just days before the presidential election. Only six percent (6%) feel they are more tolerant. Another 10% believe the level of tolerance is about the same.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on July 25-26, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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