Politics and Online Dating Don’t Mix

Just like a Christmas dinner with family, it seems as though politics are off-limits in the online dating world too!

According a recent study that looked at a random sample of 2,944 online dating profiles, people are more likely to admit they are overweight than mention their politics! Surprising, no? Although 17 percent of the daters called their body types “stocky” or having “a few extra pounds,” only 14 percent of the singles stated their political interests, and of those, a whopping 57 percent answered with the very humdrum “middle of the road.”

The percentage got even smaller when it came to women and the less educated. So, what’s the deal? Do people really not care about politics when it comes to finding a mate? Not so – as the study pointed to an early survey which showed that married couples share political opinions more than anything else except religion.

From the researchers:

“At some point in the dating process we somehow filter out people who do not share our political preferences,” one of the study authors said in a release.

“Our best guess is that in the short-run most people want to cast as wide a net as possible when dating. However, in the long-run shared political preferences become a critical foundation of lasting relationships, despite the fact that many Americans are not even interested in politics.”

We at DatePro guess that another reason behind peoples’ shyness is that (as the researchers noted) Americans tend to be less knowledgeable about politics, and don’t want to run the risk of getting into a debate about a subject they are pretty ignorant about. Sure, you might call yourself a liberal or a die-hard republican, but you may not really know the implications behind that if you happened to be on a date with a political science major.

What do you think? Do you mention your politics on dating sites? Or do you think that politics are something to be brought up later in life? Why do you think people steer clear of their politics at first? Let us know in the comments!