Are your partner's political opinions important?
How much do political opinions affect attraction?
Several elements influence people’s search for the right partner. Similar relationship goals, personal chemistry and compatibility without doubt establish whether you are a good match. Being like-minded certainly helps couples get on, but how closely should people match in regard to their values, especially in their highly personal political opinions?
In one part of our recent survey, participants were asked to rank the things they look for in a partner from ‘Unimportant’ to ‘Vital’. Voted as only the 6th (out of 8) most important, British singles seem unaffected by their date’s politics. Just 1 in 4 told us that political opinions are particularly ‘important’ for love, while just 5% voted them as ‘vital’ and even a date’s taste in food was chosen as more important.
Should you talk about politics on a first date?
It may often be said that talking about politics is too personal and even impolite, yet with political issues always arousing interest, sticking close to such supposed dating etiquette is difficult. But is it really that bad to talk politics when you first meet?
According to UK singles, not particularly –at least if talking policy means skipping topics like your ex, money or marriage. 65% of survey respondents see no big problem talking politics on a first date, while 27% even said they’d specifically want to find out about their partner’s point of view on at this stage. The British are in fact the keenest to discuss politics– it was only 17% of our global respondents who agreed with the Brits that the sooner the better. Just 9%, meanwhile, told us that politics would be their one subject to avoid, compared to the 45% who want to avoid talking about an ex, 15% who chose money and 12% who want to avoid talk of marriage.
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Shared life, shared values?
Let us assume the first date was a good one, you’ve discussed the finer details of welfare policy and soon it’s obvious there’s a future between you. What if you don’t share the same values? Our survey suggests that men may be the more tolerant sex when it comes to their partner holding diverging views. While 34% of women said they’d be happy to clash politically, 54% of men can envisage no problem– even if their partner held an entirely different political opinion.