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Politics on Facebook: Good, Bad, or Ugly?

As the Nov. 6 election nears, political discussion is getting heated. How much do you share of your political opinions with your Facebook friends?

Maybe you're a die-hard Democrat, and you think Barack Obama wiped the floor with Mitt Romney Monday night. 

Or maybe you're a staunch Republican, and you believe Romney was on top of his game.

We all have political opinions. But do you share them with your Facebook friends?

Maybe you shouldn't, suggests a recent article on Boston.com. People of all political leanings told the Globe they're learning too much about their friends' and relatives' attitudes.

The article is informed by data from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The study found that 18 percent of Facebook users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden a friend because of political differences or a distaste for the sheer volume of the friends’ political posts.

Where do you stand on sharing your political or personal beliefs on Facebook? Have you argued with a friend because of this? How much is too much? Or, do you think that all political debate is healthy?

Share your views with other readers in the comments. 

david mokal October 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Not Good. Never discuss politics or religion with your freinds. It never works out.
Kelly Ilebode October 24, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I am with David on this one....and sometimes it kills me....having said that, I did make a comment today kinda sort of for the first time in a looooonnnnnggggg time...
Kelly Ilebode October 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
ok, it doesn't kill me that I am siding with David lol, not responding on facebook kills me (sorry David :D)
Mamab October 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Sick of my FB being hijacked with political ads. Don't want or support them. My account has privacy set up but I still get them.

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