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Americans strive to avoid politics at the Thanksgiving table

Everyone has those pesky questions, they just hope don't get asked at Thanksgiving.

Posted: Nov 23, 2017 4:46 PM
Updated: Nov 23, 2017 6:31 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Everyone has those pesky questions, they just hope don't get asked at Thanksgiving.
“The big thing is religion and my ex’s,” Elizabeth Murphy said.
“Just like politics and what's been going on with you,” Jason Hoff said.
It's a situation Hoff is all too familiar with.
“The age old question from family you haven't even seen what you been up to more specifically who's the lucky girl in your life,” Hoff said with a smile.
So he finds ways to avoid it.
“I'm a big football guy so I just lose myself in the football game that's on and kind of divert questions to that,” Hoff said.
According a recent NPR pol, 58 percent of Americans dread talking politics around the dinner table. 31 percent say they like to.
“It’s hard not to talk about that especially with our president and all the scandals and what not there is so much to be said about him,” Murphy said.
47 percent of people find it stressful when talking with people who have a different opinion about the president then they do, while 43 percent find it fun.
For those like Elizabeth Murphy, when those uncomfortable topics come up, she finds ways to handle it.
“I just start laughing, when I avoid things I just laugh,” Murphy said.
Another topic being avoided is football. 41 percent of Americans say they will talk about football, down from 47 percent in 2016 according to Meyocks Thanksgiving Survey.

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