Similarly, recently found that more than nine out of ten liberals judged potential dates negatively for voting for Trump.
more than 50% also said they’re more likely to ask potential mates about political views.
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The biggest problem is that the study she sites, "The Dating Preferences of Liberals and Conservatives," from the latest issue of the journal , doesn't compare couples that met online to couples that met in more traditional ways.
Its authors only surveyed the former, though they did conclude, "both liberals and conservatives seek to date individuals who are like themselves…which in turn could be fueling the widening ideological gap in the United States." What's more, it turns out that finding your political counterparts on a dating site is usually less straightforward than the suggests.
I wouldn't reject someone out of hand for being a Republican, but I have no interest in making polite conversation over flat beers with a guy who doesn't believe gay marriage should be legal, or who thinks abortion is tantamount to murder.
60 percent of singles say they are less open to dating someone whose politics differ from theirs than two years ago.
made the intriguing claim that online dating is worsening America's political polarization. Match.com, OKCupid, and the like give all their lonely hearts access to a lot of demographic data—age, race, income, hometown—that can serve as a surrogate for party affiliation, and some users even slap their political views up on their profiles.
A 2011 study found, "only 14 percent of online daters even included 'political interests' in their profile—less than the 17 percent of online daters who admit to being heavy set, stocky or carrying a few extra pounds." And "of those who listed politics as an interest, the majority— 57 percent—reported that their politics were 'middle of the road.'"If you read Pearson-Merkowitz's article closely, it turns out she's complaining about the rising "ability to filter relationships based on " (emphasis mine), and it's probably true that this happens, consciously or not, and even if most would-be Romeos decline to label themselves "Republican" or "Democrat." But how significant is it that online daters are using broad socioeconomic "factors" to screen potential mates, when our daily lives—and the traditional "friend of a friend" route to finding a partner—keep us at least as insulated?
A lot of it is just plain geography: If you live in a densely populated city, particularly in the northeast, you have to search relatively hard to find a Republican to date; if you live somewhere rural or in the south, the opposite is true.
Not since 9/11 has the company seen such a jump in interest.
"We’ve noticed that in times of great national uncertainty our membership increases, often during times of the year when things are usually slow.
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