Since President Trump's election victory, more American workers are spending time talking politics on the job, according to a new survey.
The poll, commissioned by the American Psychological Association, found that 54 percent of respondents reported "[discussing] politics at work", an increase of 6 percent from a poll the APA took before the election.
About 51 percent said they've discussed politics with a co-worker who disagrees. Nearly one in four respondents have "avoided some coworkers because of their political views" as well.
Just under 30 percent of respondents in the post-election survey reported having a more positive view of co-workers as a result of political discussions at work, up from 23 percent before the election.
Still, 26 percent say they have "felt tense or stressed out" due to workplace political discussions. Before Trump's election, only 17 percent said the same.
Abut 42 percent of millennials said they "feel more connected to coworkers" and "have a more positive view of coworkers" because of the political discussions they've experienced in the workplace. Only 26 and 22 percent of Gen Xers, respectively, agreed.
The post-election survey, conducted by Harris Poll, was taken among 1,311 adults employed full time or part time from Feb. 16 to March 8.
In a press release David Ballard, director of the APA's Center for Organizational Excellence, reacted by explaining, "Being bombarded with news updates, social media chatter and arguments with friends and coworkers can reinforce stereotypes about Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, perpetuating an 'us versus them' mentality and driving a wedge between people."
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.