LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: The Broughton family prepares for their dinner prayers during a gathering on November 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Families have adjusted plans under CDC guidelines. "Not many people made it to Thanksgiving this year. I respect the CDC guidelines, and we have been following them with our own family practices. All year we have been fighting, social distancing, wearing masks and isolating. I wanted my family to feel rewarded for their efforts and rejoice together during this Thanksgiving - to remember that we should be in Thanksgiving everyday," said Dr. Christopher Broughton. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, as of November 21, 2020, the state of California has required that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10PM and 5AM in counties across the state. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide think it’s appropriate to discuss politics at family holiday gatherings. A Political IQ survey found that 43% disagree and believe it’s a topic that should be avoided. 

Perhaps not surprisingly, those with the strongest political views are most likely to see political discussions as appropriate. Very Conservative voters, by a 61% to 32% margin, hold that view. So do Very Liberal voters, by a similar 63% to 29% margin. However, a plurality of those with less ideologically extreme view are much more likely to say such conversations should be avoided. Among those who are Somewhat Conservative, Moderate, or Somewhat Liberal, just 41% believe politics is an appropriate topic for discussion at family holiday gatherings.

As on many topics, there is also a substantial divide. By a 55% to 34% margin, those with a college degree are okay with political discussions over the holidays. Those without a degree take the opposite view by a 49% to 39% margin.

Most men (52%) are okay with the political discussions. A plurality of women (46%) are not.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 3-5, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 192 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Margin of Sampling Error: +/-2.8 percentage points

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