Would you date someone from a different political party? | The Tylt
Nearly 40 percent of Americans have feuded with friends and family in the wake of the 2016 election—but would you allow politics to get in the way of your romantic relationship? Some say refusing to date people who don't share your political viewpoints is ridiculous. But for others, dating a Trump voter or Hillary supporter is just sleeping with the enemy. What do you think?
Would you date someone from a different political party?
Fewer and fewer Americans are going across party lines; only 10 to 11 percent of American couples actually have divergent party registrations.
In the 1950s and 1960s, "party affiliation made virtually no difference to interpersonal relations,” says Shanto Iyengar, a professor of political science and communication at Stanford University.
Now, however, things are vastly different. In the 1950s, when people were asked how they would feel if their child were to marry someone from another political party, less than 10 percent of Americans felt troubled or displeased by the prospect of inter-party marriage.
“Thirty years later, around the late 1980s, the mid 1990s, we began to notice a dramatic change,” Iyengar says. “More than 25 percent now say that they would be troubled by the prospect of their offspring marrying outside the party. If you look at marriage across party lines today, it's extremely infrequent."
But others argue our increasing refusal to go out with people who don't share our political views just contributes to America's politically polarized and divisive climate. Are we really this intolerant of diverse political opinions?
For many, it's a black-and-white issue. Politics reflect your values.
how tf are ppl still okay with dating republicans!! if the love of my life told me "all lives matter" i'd pack my fuckin bags so fast!!— jules (@julia_boyer) August 14, 2017
Some will only date people whose political views line up with theirs.
I've told people this before: I will never date a Democrat. There's much issues in my life and I don't want another one on my hands.— Clark Wilson (@HossCountryBoy) August 15, 2017
Just don't date a damn liberal Democrat and all's well. Lol— jack elliott (@jackmelliott) August 11, 2017
Other people just DGAF.
There's actually now a phenomenon known as the "Trump divorce."