If you’re an outspoken Trump supporter, then this study shouldn’t surprise you.
Chances are you’ve already lost almost all of your liberal friends the moment they realized you weren’t one of them. The ones still hanging around are probably making your life miserable with their incessant tweets attempting to undermine your support of the president with phony media reports, innuendo’s, anonymous sources and rumors.
The Pew Study chronicled the aftermath of the historic 2016 Presidential Election and discovered that liberals were more likely to “unfriend” a friend on social media because of political differences.
The study also found that most liberals live in homogeneous places, where interacting with diverse political points of view rarely occurs.
Data from the Pew Research Journalism Project shows that conservatives are more likely to have their political views challenged on social media, and liberals are more likely to block or unfriend someone online because they disagree with something they have posted.
However perhaps the most interesting data gathered from the research found that 47% of Liberal Democrats say having a friend who supports President Trump would actually affect their friendship negatively, while only 13% of Conservative Republicans say a friend’s support of Hillary Clinton would affect their friendship negatively.
Another interesting piece of data shows white and well-educated Liberals (roughly 35%) are even less likely to have a Trump supporter as a friend.
Pew categorized the data with likely scenarios between liberals and conservatives.
“Consistent Conservatives See More Facebook Posts in Line With Their Views.”
Liberals see a wider range of views on social media than their conservative counterparts.
However, Pew explains that doesn’t mean liberals necessarily like what they see. In fact, those individuals who describe themselves as “Consistent Liberals” were the most likely group to block or unfriend someone they disagreed with. The data revealed that 44% had either “blocked, hidden, de-friended or simply stopped following that individual on Facebook because of their political views. While only 31% of those individuals describing themselves as “Consistent Conservatives” did the same.
While the data shows that 47% of liberals would not befriend nor have friends who support President Trump, the good news for conservatives seems to indicate they’re no longer silent or intimidated by the mainstream media’s characterization of them. In fact, Trump supporters as a group are more likely to go public with their views, regardless of the fallout