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Don’t confuse being “liberal” with being “tolerant”…

June 23, 2021

A group called the Survey Center on American Life recently published the findings from its 2021 merican Perspectives Survey.

Among the findings:

A majority (53%) of Republicans say they have at least some friends who are Democrats.

In contrast, less than one-third (32%) of Democrats say they have at least some Republican friends.

And the number of cross-party friendships is dwindling…

About 1 in 7 American adults have ended a friendship or stopped talking to someone because of their views about government or politics.

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Ending friendships over political disagreements is mostly instigated by liberal and Democratic-leaning Americans.

  • Overall, Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans are to report having ended a friendship over a political disagreement
  • 29% of political liberals say they are no longer friends with someone due to political differences; that number soars to 45% of extreme liberal identifiers
  • 33% of liberal women say they stopped being friends with someone because of their politics.

So what?

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Regarding the findings, Prof. Samuel Abrams of left-leaning Sarah Lawrence College observes:

The behavior liberals is not only hypocritical given the language of love and tolerance that they preach, but it is also counterproductive.

Our civic vitality is threatened when people cannot find shared humanity and fail to empathize with others and recognize that politics is about tradeoffs and hearing the other side.  Source

Said differently,  don’t confuse being liberal with being tolerant …