Dating different political views

“I had a suspicion,” says Malhotra, “this polarization was influencing our lives in ways that went beyond elections.” In the first experiment, 197 subjects were brought into a Stanford behavioral lab and shown profiles of fictional people.

The profiles were made to look just like those posted on dating websites.

“Don’t talk about religion, politics or money” so goes the old saying.

It’s unclear if that advice is meant for casual acquaintances, people who are in the early stages of dating or well, anyone, EVER.

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 don't think I could date someone who didn't see me as his equal or who believed that the state should regulate my sexual or reproductive choices.

So, yeah, this shit would be a deal breaker for me … But in his next paragraph, he concedes: Actually, this issue a deal breaker for me, even though I don't have a vagina. Any gay man who can't see the connection between a woman's right to have children when she chooses and his right to love and marry the person he chooses is an idiot. So is it impossible to date someone with different political views than you?

If you think about it, it is a relatively brief period of time from the initial debates and candidate selection to the ultimate election and inauguration of a new President of the United States. Rather than being an automatic relationship killer, differing political views between couples can actually be a great opportunity to learn more about one another and connect on a new level.

It might be your natural instinct to run in the other direction if your date or significant other voices his or her intent to vote for a candidate that is opposite of your own political favorite, but some experts say it might be better to hold off on that impulse and instead explore how a difference of opinion could lead to a stronger shared relationship.

It’s almost impossible NOT to talk about politics when it’s splashed all over TV, newspapers and your Facebook or Twitter feeds every single day.

I was about 15 minutes into a date with a woman I met on Ok Cupid when she boasted that in 2008 she’d voted for John Mc Cain. 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.

She wanted me to know it was a badge of honor for her. It’s always seemed a decent guess that we let political affiliations influence our attraction to a potential valentine. A recent study demonstrates that having similar political beliefs makes us more likely to be interested in a person when we view his or her online dating profile.