Gayle McCormick, 73, decided to split up with her husband of 22 years after he voted for the Republican in last November's presidential election. He had announced his intentions at a lunch with friends prior to the election.
‘It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump,’ said McCormick, who identifies as a ‘Democrat leaning toward socialist’. She added: ‘I felt like I had been fooling myself.
‘It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger.’
|(Click to enlarge) Graph showing Reuters/Ipsos polling results.|
Families across the US have been divided by the election according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
The number of respondents who argued with family and friends over politics jumped six percentage points from a pre-election poll in October, up to 39% from 33%.
Many people had also stopped talking to their loved ones after the vote, with 22% of Hillary Clinton fans admitting they had ended communication with a relative or close friend.
‘It’s been pretty rough for me,” said Rob Brunello, a truck driver who voted for Trump. ‘People couldn’t believe Trump could beat Hillary. They are having a hard time adjusting to it.’
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom with some respondents saying their relationships had not suffered because of the election. Around 40% had not argued with a family member or friend over the race.
Friendships were also created with 21% saying they become friends with someone they did not know because of the election.
I would like to remind my Christian friends of the words of Scripture: "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:2-3).