I don’t know about you, but I avoid public political discussions like the plague because it almost always results in an argument. While talking politics has always been divisive, according to a new survey by VitalSmarts, it’s riskier than ever.

The survey found that 71% of Americans have had at least one political discussion that’s hurt a relationship with a friend, family member or co-worker – compared to 2016 when only 42% of people said it was true.

Here are some other statistics the survey found:

  • 69 percent lost respect for a person
  • 57 percent unfriended someone from social media
  • 38 percent avoided people in the hallway or social situations
  • 23 percent dropped a friend
  • 18 percent avoided holidays with some relatives
  • 17 percent declined party or dinner invitations

The survey even found that some people went as far as to quit their job, move homes or even get a divorce over politics.

Wow. Maybe it’s time we remember how to agree to disagree and move on.

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