One in three adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season

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NEW YORK (Reuters) According to a poll from Reuters, nearly one-third of all U.S. adults will try to avoid conversations about politics when they see family and friends this holiday season.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Friday, about half of Americans say they do not expect to discuss politics at all.

The poll which ran from November 8 through November 13 found that a majority of Americans consider politics to be among their “least favorite” topics to discuss in mixed company over the holidays.

People appear to be more interested in discussing religion or even their own personal finances.

People responding to the poll say they learned to avoid political conversations after years of squabbles regarding the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, and then his successor, Donald Trump.

The poll also provided some insight into how gender, age, and political party differences influence the conversation.

Trump voters were just as interested in shifting away from political conversations as voters who supported Clinton. Women were more likely than men to avoid politics, and Baby Boomers were more likely than Millennials to avoid the topic.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,595 adults.