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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:20 PM

Politics and dating: New study shows the politics of compatibility

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/02/politics_and_dating_new_study_shows_compatibility_is_attractive.html

Neil Malhotra, a political economist at Stanford Business School, says he became curious about the question as he watched partisan polarization increase over the past several years. “It seemed like the country was getting more divided,” he says. He kept hearing friends say they would never date someone from across the aisle. One woman ended a relationship that was going well after she discovered the guy was a conservative. “I had a suspicion,” says Malhotra, “this polarization was influencing our lives in ways that went beyond elections.”


I'll be honest, a person's politics to me is a tip off as to their character, and the things I look for in a partner....mainly compassion, openness, etc....I would have a hard time seriously dating a Republican.

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ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2013 OP
Lisa0825 Feb 2013 #1
ZombieHorde Feb 2013 #2
Inkfreak Feb 2013 #3
loli phabay Feb 2013 #4
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #5
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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:24 PM

1. I aree with you.

My ex-husband was a Republican, but he was truly a moderate. He voted for Clinton's second term, and also for Ann Richards here in Texas. He was a social liberal. But I will no longer accept even that kind of Republican, because now that I am more informed, I know Democrats are also better for the economy, so it's just crazy to be a social liberal and still be a Republican for economic reasons. And also, the social issues are most important to me, so if someone would sell out reproductive rights, equal rights for gays, etc, because he thinks it will be better for the economy, then that is a person whose values I do not respect.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:28 PM

2. I don't think I could date a Republican.

I would like to think I could put a relationship before politics, but a Republican...? I don't think so.

I have some anti-Republican bigotry I think I should work through.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:39 PM

3. In my early 20s & single, I wouldn't have cared.

But as a married man with a wife who I share so much in common with, it seems like it would be odd for her to have opposite political views. It would bother me if she was against marriage for all. Or a woman's right to choose. While she is not as interested in politics, it's nice that she agrees with me when a particular news story set me off ranting at the tv or article. She might just be agreeing to shut me up tho..I do talk to much.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 08:52 AM

4. politics is the last thing i have ever looked for in a relationship whether its in a partner or frie

 

Friend. Friendships and close relationships are that way because we dont let the bad get in the way. I woild hate to think of what i would have missed in life if injust judged the politics of people who i have relationships with.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:47 PM

5. I had a fling in college with a really hot girl who showed up one day wearing an Ollie North t-shirt

and she wasn't wearing it ironically.

it went downhill from there.

All my long-term relationships have been with people on the same page, more or less, politically as I am.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:44 PM

6. No one tell Eric Cantor.

What a nightmare for his wife.

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