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56% Feel Americans Less Tolerant of Others’ Political Views

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Given the anger over the political stalemate of the past few weeks, it’s not surprising that most Americans believe their fellow citizens are less tolerant of others’ political views these days. But what is surprising is that fewer Americans than ever feel this way.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of American Adults still believe their fellow citizens are less tolerant of other people’s political opinions than they were in the past, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. But that’s down 15 points from last October  and the lowest finding in surveying since 2010. Just 17% believe Americans have grown more tolerant of others’ political views, a finding that has changed little over the years. Twenty-three percent (23%) believe the level of tolerance is about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 11-12, 2013 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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