I've heard "I would never date a Republican" from several friends, and if I'm being honest, I've heard it from me, too. One guy loves Ayn Rand (good start) but then later says he's voting for Bernie (odd). Except this time, I'm looking on both sides of the aisle.
has never been great — but it’s a necessary evil in these modern times when we’re all very busy with the internet but also very horned up for sex.And much like this election cycle, it has proven that it can always get worse.Political apathy, on the other hand, was considered a deal-breaker for a significant number of singles, with 25% of those surveyed saying they wouldn't date someone who isn't registered to vote, and 35% saying they wouldn't date someone who "does not have an opinion on key political issues."Match also uncovered fascinating differences between singles based on their picks for president.First, the party breakdown: 40% of singles surveyed identified as Democrat, 19% as Republican, and 15% as Independent, while 24% claimed no affiliation.My grandiose inner dialogue convinces me that I can overcome my preconceived notions despite the heated political climate (hello, election year), and so—in an effort to really test my empathy and my openness in the dating world—I vow to date only conservatives for the next month.
These are the things that really matter in terms of relationships, in my experience."Her advice is pretty obvious. She's telling me to shut up and listen to my dates before judging them. I match with a guy whose Tinder bio reads "political dabbler." He tells me he appreciated my swiping advice. "Political Dabbler: "I certainly did."Me: "Smart man. He likes whiskey and John Wayne movies, neither of which I have much experience in—I'm a strong, independent woman who likes her fruity drinks.I'll admit: I have a bit of an aversion to dating across the aisle. I may not have personally proven it—but I believe it.But as the NPR caller claimed, it's not an aversion. And these daters weren't shying away from thorny conversations, either: The study found that a good political conversation on a first date boosted chances of a second date taking place by 91%, and 79% of singles said they were willing to date someone from a different party.After taking a specific look at the differences between Clinton fans and Trump supporters, Match discovered that Trump supporters were 99% more likely than Clinton fans to have a sex tape of themselves, and 1,104% more likely to expect "sexual contact" on a first date.Trump supporters were also 82% more likely to be unemployed.