Under the section “Political Beliefs” they showed an interesting separation between the two entities.
While Americans’ political beliefs are fairly evenly divided amongst “Liberal,” “Moderate” and “Conservative,” with a small portion of “Other,” Americans on Facebook overwhelmingly list their political beliefs as “Other or Undeclared.”
It would appear that approximately 65 per cent of Americans are not posting their political beliefs on Facebook (or they support a fringe element political belief).
I have to wonder if this is due in some part to the extreme nature of politics in the United States. Are people simply afraid to declare their true political leanings on a social media network?
After all, general etiquette says never discuss politics, religion or money over dinner. Perhaps people view Facebook as a sort of social media meal in which it would be viewed as bad manners to talk about such things.
I know I listed my political beliefs when filling out my Facebook profile, but I realize that’s not necessarily common for my age demographic. Perhaps the difference has to do with age: the majority of Facebook’s users are between the ages of 13 and 34; since younger generations are typically less likely to have political affiliations, maybe they’re less likely to post political beliefs on social media.
Whatever the reason, it’s certainly interesting information. Personally, I’d be really interested to see a similar breakdown for Canadian political beliefs listed on Facebook.
What do you think:
Do you post your political beliefs on social media, why or why not?