A majority of Americans blame sites like Twitter and Facebook for dividing the country — even as around the same amount admit to using social media at least once a day, a poll released Sunday shows.
Sixty-six percent of adults say they log into social media at least once a day, while 33 percent don’t, an NBC News poll found.
But 64 percent of Americans said they believe the platforms do more to divide the country — including 77 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats.
Just 27 percent think the social media platforms do more to unite the country.
The sentiment against the social media giants appears to be hardening.
Fifty-seven percent of the Americans responding to the same question last year said the platforms were more divisive and 35 percent said they were more uniting.
Among the Americans who use social media every day, 49 percent say it makes their lives better, while 37 percent said it makes their lives worse.
And the COVID-19 pandemic has given Americans more reason to log on, with 43 percent saying their screen time has increased. Forty-nine percent said it has stayed the same, and 8 percent said it has gone down.
The poll was conducted April 17-20 and surveyed 1,000 adults.
It has a plus/minus 3.1 percentage points margin of error.