Millennials say election is costing them their relationships

The race to the White House may be taking its toll on relationships.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - There is no question that this year's election is a heated one. And with more millennials being of voting age this time around, the group has the most negotiating power it's ever had in politics. 

Even though choosing a candidate can be difficult, it appears the hardest part is in social circles. 

One student at Texas A&M says people stopped saying hi to him at church and in class. 

Another says others there is nothing left to say. 

"There are people who I don't talk to anymore and they don't talk to me because we know that there is no conversation to be had," said Margarita Zollo. 

Preference for one candidate or the other is dividing friends. And in some cases, the friendship is being voted out entirely. But when is that line crossed?

"When it gets to that point where that opinion begins to stem into oppression, or supporting systems of oppression, I think that's really where you need to take a step back and say like, 'is this what I want, like a friend who deep down disrespects people who look  like this or who act like this?,'" said Zollo. 

Another student, who didn't want to be identified, says this election is an intimate one.

"It has become like very personal for a lot of people," the student said. "It challenges very personal convictions beyond just like, usual political beliefs."

The race for the White House has even made its way into the dating scene. 

"I mean, I feel like it's a defining thing in the dating world today," said Zollo, who believes asking a person their candidate of choice serves as a filter. 

"They just have to tell me who and I can make a pretty educated decision on that," she said. 

As for agreeing to disagree, it appears there may not be much room for that. 

KAGS


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