- A new Pew Research Center survey detailed the politics that are at play in online dating.
- Around seven-in-ten (71%) of single Democrats would not consider dating someone who voted for President Donald Trump, according to the survey.
- Only 47% of Republican and right-leaning respondents said they wouldn’t consider dating someone who voted for Hillary Clinton.
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A majority of single Democrats looking for a relationship would not consider dating someone who voted for President Donald Trump, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
The survey found that about 71% responded that they “probably or definitely would not consider being in a committed relationship” with a Trump voter, 45% of whom say they “definitely” wouldn’t consider it.
Republican and right-leaning respondents weren’t as strongly opposed to the idea of crossing party lines, as 47% said they “probably or definitely wouldn’t be in a relationship” with someone who voted for former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, with 19% saying they definitely would not.
The 2016 presidential election seems to be the sharpest divider among singles in comparison with parties in general, as only 43% of looking Democrats responded they wouldn’t consider a relationship with a Republican and 24% responded they “probably or definitely would not seriously date a Democrat.”
The survey comes in what Gallup called earlier this year the most politically polarized time in its history.
A January 2020 New York Times report based on responses from 200 readers said that most of those who were looking for dates through online platforms thought political alignment was a “crucial” piece of information about potential partners.
A survey from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank, released in the same month highlighted the political issues that are most likely to be dating deal-breakers, including topics like abortion rights, religious freedom, LGBT rights, gun control, and climate change.
With widespread debate over the Trump administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 Election just months away, daters have plenty more issues to swipe over.