Report: Democrats More Than Twice as Likely to Block Friends on Social Media over Politics

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Democrats are more than twice as likely to block people on social media for their political views, according to a report by PRRI.

Despite only 13% of the public admitting to have blocked, unfriended, or unfollowed someone due to their political beliefs, Democrats are more than twice as likely than Republicans to do so, with 24% of Democrats admitting to blocking or unfriending someone over political differences, versus 9% of Republicans.

“Political liberals are also far more likely than conservatives to say they removed someone from their social media circle due to what they shared online (28% vs. 8%, respectively),” revealed PRRI in their report, adding, “Eleven percent of moderates say they blocked, unfollowed, or unfriended someone due to what they posted online.”

“There is also a substantial gender gap. Women are twice as likely as men to report removing people from their online social circle because of the political views they expressed online (18% vs. 9%, respectively),” they continued. “Three in ten (30%) Democratic women say they removed an individual from their online social network because of a political opinion they expressed, while only 14% of Democratic men reported doing this. Republican men and women are about equally as likely to say they blocked, unfollowed, or unfriended someone on social media because of political posts (10% vs. 8%, respectively).”

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.