This Election Is Apparently Destroying Friendships

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 1:45 PM
This Election Is Apparently Destroying Friendships

Some upsetting news via a new Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday: this election is costing people friendships. Seven percent of the 802 registered voters surveyed admitted that this election season has caused them to end a friendship with someone due to political differences. For the math-averse among us, that's at least 56 people who have decided that voting for someone different is a complete dealbreaker when it comes to friendships.

While an overwhelming 93 percent said this election hasn’t cost them any friendships, 7 percent said it has. Those numbers, however, mirror the results when registered voters were asked whether any friendships have been lost or ended because of a political campaign in past years. Seven percent said yes, while the remaining 93 percent said the opposite.

Another 70 percent of respondents said that this election has brought out the worst in people.

And now, a PSA from your trusty Townhall writer Christine Rousselle:

Friendships are more important than politics, and if you can't salvage an established friendship with someone because they're voting for a different candidate, then you need to take a dose of grow-the-hell-up pills. Political views are a small facet of who a person is as a human. There are so many cooler things to people than who they tic off in the voting booth, and to be so fixated on that small part of a person to the point of severing them from your life is just about the saddest thing I've ever heard.