Only about 1 in 10 respondents in a Public Religion Research Institute
poll said they interact with people who differ politically from them in a religious setting, while only about 15 percent of U.S.
respondents said they interact with people who are part of a different political party in their child’s school.
According to the CEO of PRRI institutions
such as, schools, religious spaces, and community organizations, are the places where people practice democracy on a micro level, forming the muscle memory and relationships that set the tone and foundation for democracy on a larger stage. While the survey found that three-quarters of people interact with people of different political views at work, the types of relationships people often form in a business setting do not measure up to the depth that relationships in communities can provide.
Many people view President Trump
and the political rhetoric of the 2016 election as both a symptom and a driver of some of the larger problems regarding political polarization in the United States.