One in four feel they have nothing in common with Democrats or Republicans

New Ipsos polling finds that few people are confident that Americans will reconcile their differences in the next five years.

The author(s)

  • Sarah Feldman Data Journalist, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, April 22, 2022 – A new Ipsos poll finds that few Americans feel they have anything in common with people of different races or party affiliations. This sentiment has largely held constant since tracking began in December of last year. At the same time, many people have had a meal in the past year with people of different races or party affiliations, something that has also remained stable over the past four months. While that is true, there are significant difference by race when the data is cut further. Taken together, few are confident that Americans will come together in the next five years and resolve their differences.

Detailed Findings:

Few feel they have anything in common with people of different races or party affiliations.

  • One in four people feel they have nothing in common with Republicans (24%) and Democrats (24%).

While a majority of Americans have had a meal within the past year with people of different races and party affiliations, there are significant differences by race when cutting the data further.

  • Three quarters (75%) of Americans report having a meal with a white person in the last six months, under half report having a meal with either a Black (44%) or Hispanic (40%) over the same period.
  • Likewise, only half of Americans (51%) report having a meal with a Democrat and just under half (48%) shared a meal with a Republican over the last six months.
  • Notably, about one in three people had a meal more than a year ago or have never had a meal with a Black or Hispanic person.
  • Only one in ten Americans have had a meal more than a year ago or have never had a meal with a white person. The larger share of white Americans in the sample, which is representative of the U.S. population, largely drives this gap.

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between April 11-12, 2022. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for all respondents

The author(s)

  • Sarah Feldman Data Journalist, US, Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Jocelyn Duran Account Manager, US, Public Affairs

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