How much does this divide matter, and what are people’s ideal preferences for choosing a romantic partner when it comes to political ideology? Perhaps there will soon be more scientific data on this topic in the future, particularly as it relates to the 2016 election.
In the meantime, however, we can gain insight into the role of politics in relationships this question by looking at recent data looking at how strongly political attitudes and beliefs impact idealized partner selection.
In 2014, Pew conducted a telephone survey about political polarization, calling over ten thousand randomly selected US adults and asking them to endorse statements that matched their political beliefs.
But what ramifications does continued contact with an ex have when one or both individuals find themselves in a new romantic relationship?In one recent study the authors wanted to know why former partners communicate with each other, and whether motives for keeping in touch with ex-partners are what really matters for how communication affects the new relationships.The researchers found that about 40% of undergraduates in long-term relationships maintained communication with at least one former partner. A friend recently asked me for advice regarding a breakup.When it comes to building communities of interconnected friends and family, how does marital status influence the links between people?Who interacts more with their neighbors, friends, and family-- married people or their single counterparts?
Singles are often stereotyped as lonely, sitting at home by themselves (or maybe with a few cats).In contrast, marriage is often thought of as the foundation of our communities, functioning as a sort of social glue. The fact is that every relationship has problems (e.g., who is responsible for vacuuming, dealing with in-laws, the growing malaise consuming your relationship, etc.).However, for married people, husbands or wives may have to balance giving time to their partners at the expense of spending time with other social connections. When things hit a rough patch, talking it over may help.Singles, on the other hand, have time to socialize with their friends and families, and therefore may be more connected. When you discuss your relationship problems or challenges with others (typically your own partner or your best friend), researchers call this “relationship work.” Throughout the United States, talk of current events and the upcoming Presidential election seems more rampant than Pokemon Go players moving about.The political climate can feel more heated than a scorching August afternoon. In fact, according to a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, more people embracing strongly polarized political beliefs report fear of or anger toward those with opposing views than ever before (since this question has first been scientifically polled in 1992).¹ Similarly, polarized political differences in opinion between members of a romantic relationship exist.If you are someone who feels strongly about your political viewpoints, imagine what it might be like to have a partner with opposite political opinions during this heated time.