US: Biden voters more likely to think differently of friends and family based on past vote
Majority of Biden voters would feel more negatively towards friends or family if they found out they had voted for Trump in 2020
The majority (54%) of Biden voters now saying they would think more negatively about a friend or family member if they found out they had voted for Trump. This compared to 31% who say that it wouldn’t impact their view, and 9% who say it would actually make them feel more positively.
Trump voters less likely to let politics affect their view of friends and family
Despite the stereotype, Trump voters are a lot less likely to let politics affect their view. The majority (57%) of those who voted for Trump in 2020 say they would feel no different towards a friend or family member if they found out they had voted for Biden, compared to 31% who say that it would make them feel more negatively towards them.
This underscores a tendency among Biden voters to think differently of people in their inner circles based on their politics – a tendency that isn’t equally matched by Americans who voted for Trump.
We also see a similar pattern in the UK, although to a far lesser extent. Labour voters are far more likely (46%) than Conservative voters (15%) to hold a negative view of people who voted for the other side.
However, in both cases, Brits are far more comfortable with cross-party political friendships than their American counterparts.
Biden holds a +10 approval rating
Our latest polling also asked about Joe Biden’s approval rating, which Opinium will now be regularly tracking.
The latest poll shows Biden with an approval rating of +10, with 47% approving of this job he is doing, compared to 37% who disapprove. Fifteen percent say they neither approve or disapprove.
His approval rating among those who voted for him is +84, with 88% approving, and just 4% disapproving. His approval rating among Trump voters is -71, with 11% approving and 82% disapproving.
Vice President Harris’s approval rating is +3, with 40% approving and 37% disapproving. One in five (22%) say they neither approve or disapprove.
Opinium carried out an online survey of 2,000 US adults aged 18+ from July 27th to 30th 2021. Results have been weighted to representative criteria.
The data tables for this study can be found here.