Politics are everywhere in recent years. Whether you are scrolling social media or chatting with friends and family, it is inevitable that it will come up. When it comes to politics and dating, it is becoming increasingly important. People are getting more involved with candidates and issues that are important to them, so naturally, this means that they want to surround themselves with those who have similar ideologies. Learning more about how politics and dating intermingle can help you to better navigate the online dating landscape.
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Millennial Women Are Less Likely to Date Outside of Their Political Party
Millennials made a big splash in the last US presidential election, and in dozens of protests afterward. They tend to have strong beliefs, and these play a major role in their dating lives too. It is estimated that about 56 percent of men in the Millennial generation want to date people with similar political beliefs.
For millennial women, the preference is even stronger. Approximately 73 percent of millennial women seek out partners who are in the same political party.
Many dating websites today give users a search filter for political preferences. This allows you to narrow down your search results to people who vote for the same party that you do. Because of this, it is getting even easier to find those with similar ideologies.
Bipartisan Long-Term Relationships and Marriage Are Uncommon
Americans largely prefer to get into long-term relationships with and marry those who share their political beliefs. It is estimated that eight percent of Democrats and nine percent of Republicans have a spouse with different political affiliations.
The trend is expected to continue due to the increased polarization regarding politics in the US. It is believed that some couples simply do not discuss politics, or that neither person in the relationship truly knows their spouse’s political affiliation. This is because the study that determined these statistics had a non-response rate from 15 percent of Democrats and 14 percent of Republicans.
Americans have warmed to other marriages that were once deemed unconventional, and even illegal, in the US in recent years, such as gay and interracial marriage. While both of these types of marriages continue to gain increased support, the support for bipartisan marriage continues to decline. It is believed that the stark differences between the two major US political parties could cause resentment and other issues that could actually harm a couple’s partnership.
Fear is a Major Factor in Avoiding Bipartisan Partnerships
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that fear is a major reason that they avoid engaging in relationships with someone of the opposite political party. One study determined that approximately 55 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans are afraid of the opposite political party.
Both party majorities appear to be more afraid, frustrated and angry with the opposite party than they have been since 1992. In between 1992 and 2016, frustration was the primary issue that daters stated when it came to why they avoided dating someone from the opposite party. Now, fear has surpassed anger.
Due to the fear felt by the majority of both Democrats and Republicans, many online daters are starting to discuss politics and ideological issues in their online dating profiles. They believe that this helps to weed out those of the opposite party. Some seem to feel that this almost serves as a protective measure to help ensure that the people they are meeting online are more likely to share the same views.
Political Party is More Important Today Than in the 1950s
Two similar surveys regarding politics and dating were conducted in 1958 and in 2017. In 1958 approximately 72 percent of people did not seem to care too much about their partner’s political affiliation. However, in 2017, this number dropped to 45 percent.
This is believed to be due to several factors, but one of the most notable is women’s empowerment. Compared to the 1950s, women today are far more opinionated and involved in politics. They are largely unafraid to share their views and to debate politics with men. In the 1950s, men had more influence over who their female partners voted for than they do today, making political affiliation a far more important element when choosing dating partners.
The opinions of loved ones have always played a role in who someone chooses for a dating partner. However, when it comes to political affiliation, this specific point has become even more important over the last 60 years.
In 1958, about 25 percent of Republican and 33 percent of Democrat parents wanted their daughter to marry someone of the same political affiliation. As of 2016, 63 percent of Republican and 60 percent of Democrat parents wanted their daughter to marry someone of the same political party.
While not all people will stick to all of their parent’s preferences when it comes to online dating, it appears to be a very major point for the majority of people. This is not only due to keeping one’s family happy, but also because people today are generally more invested in their personal beliefs than they have been in decades past.
Donald Trump is a Big Deal Breaker for Some Online Daters
OkCupid asked its members a question regarding how they felt about dating someone who supported Donald Trump for president. The website says that it is aware that its members tend to be more progressive compared to other dating sites. However, the statistics that they garnered from this question are said to have been very unexpected. They broke down in the following way:
- 74 percent of the respondents chose the “hell no” response
- 15 percent of respondents chose the “no” response
- Seven percent of respondents chose the “yes” response
- Four percent of respondents chose the “hell yes” response
These figures show that 74 percent of daters on OkCupid would never consider dating someone who supports Donald Trump as president. The website says that approximately 270,000 people took part in answering this question.
Online Dating Profiles Are Getting More Political
Some research shows that when people are joining dating sites, they are increasingly more likely to mention political words. In fact, the number of people doing this has increased over 1,000 percent just between 2015 and 2017.
Some online daters make it abundantly clear what their political affiliation is and that they will only date someone who shares their political beliefs. For example, they say things like, “I will only date Democrats” or “Republican women only.”
Other online daters are approaching this in a subtler way. For example, some are mentioning specific hot button issues on their profiles, such as gay marriage and climate change, and a quick note on what they think about these issues.
Sex vs. Politics Among Female Millennials
One survey asked people whether sex or politics was more important when looking for dating partners. 20 major cities across the US were asked to take part in this survey. It was found that in Washington DC, about 70 percent of millennial women cared more about their partners politics than sex. In Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago and Brooklyn, approximately 50 percent of millennial women cared more about the political beliefs of those they date than the sex.
These statistics are believed to be related to women being more vocal about their political beliefs. More women are also getting actively engaged with politics, from attending protests to running for office.
Millennials Care More About Politics Than Baby Boomers When It Comes to Dating
Compared to Baby Boomers, Millennials put more emphasis on the politics of their dating partners. About four million people were asked about this and 15 percent more Millennials cared about the political beliefs of the people they dated compared to baby boomers.
Considering that baby boomers experienced the very politically charged Vietnam war era, this statistic was a bit surprising. It shows that the millennial generation puts more emphasis on finding partners with similar beliefs and core values.
These statistics were nearly the same when comparing Millennials to those from the generation X generation too. More Millennials cared about their dating partner’s political affiliation.
Talking Politics Can Increase the Chances of a Second Date
It is often said that politics and religion are taboo topics on a first date. However, some research shows that your chances of a second date are 75 percent more likely if you do talk at least a little politics on your first date.
One reason to talk politics is to see how your political views align with those of your partner. Should your ideologies be vastly different, you can both decide if this is a deal breaker or not. However, it is also said that discussing politics can make you appear more informed and educated. This could be especially important if both of you are seeking a partner who is educated and up to date on important world issues.
You just have to decide how far you want to go. Some people suggest that you break the ice on your political beliefs when you are still exchanging messages on the online dating site that you are on. This could prevent you from going out on a physical date with someone who you have no core values in common with.
Strong Political Opinions Are a Bigger Turn Off for Women
Being passionate about things is generally considered a positive trait when it comes to looking for a romantic partner. However, when it comes to politics, about 38 percent of women say that men who have strong political opinions are not good and they avoid dating them. This is compared to about 25 percent of men who avoid dating women who have strong opinions on political issues.
Whether the opinions align with their personal political beliefs do not seem to matter. For example, Republican women tend to avoid Republican men with strong political opinions just as much as they avoid Democrat men with strong political opinions.
Opposite Political Opinions Are Okay for Casual Dating
It is estimated that about 50 percent of daters are okay with dating someone who has different political beliefs if their partnership is casual and short-term. However, when it comes to long-term relationships, the majority of daters want someone who shares their political views.
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