Most against dating political opposites

Sept. 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Most U.S. singles are not optimistic about dating someone with opposite political views, but some men say it could up the passion, a survey indicates.

Irene LaCota, spokeswoman for It's Just Lunch, the dating website, said 56 percent of men agreed dating someone who has opposite political opinions might not make for a good long-term relationship, but it could create more passion.

However, the survey of 2,200 people from the website also found 56 percent of the women viewed that statement as false.

Most women are likely to view political differences with curiosity rather than passion and when asked what they would do if they discovered their date voted for "the other guy" in an election, 57 percent said they would politely ask them what their reasons were for voting the way they did.

Forty-seven percent of the men said they would buy a woman who voted for the opposite candidate of his choice a drink and make a toast to "differences."

The two other choices provided were less popular. Five percent of both men and women said they would challenge the date to explain why the candidate was better, and 5 percent of men and 3 percent of women chose simply to silently wonder how to get the date to change his or her opinion.

LaCota said having opposing political views is no more important than differing over any other interests. "Differences are part of what makes a relationship interesting, and help you grow," she said. "They are part of learning how to love unconditionally."

No survey details were provided.

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