At last, "Game of Thrones," Season 7, is here with the Sunday premiere on HBO, a season that will be watched by most humans on the globe because, well, it is just the best damn show in the history of human entertainment. The characters, the amazing story arcs, the subtleties,... Some say that almost half of America wouldn't date someone with opposing political views.
At last, "Game of Thrones," Season 7, is here with the Sunday premiere on HBO, a season that will be watched by most humans on the globe because, well, it is just the best damn show in the history of human entertainment. The characters, the amazing story arcs, the subtleties,... Others say that young Democrats don't want young Republicans in the same college dorm.
A recent article in the Journal of Politics by Gregory Huber, Yale professor of political science, and Neil Malhotra, a professor of political economy at Stanford University, offers fresh insight into these questions.
They conducted two studies — one involving a survey using manipulated online dating profiles, and another using a trove of data from an online dating service —that measure people’s attitudes before they form relationships.
Political scientists and sociologists have sought to understand what drives this homogeneity.
Do people seek partners who have similar political beliefs? Are shared politics a side effect of other factors, such as shared religious beliefs?
How did political orientation compare to religious orientation in driving people’s interest in potential dates? People who aren’t interested in politics are not that excited about dating people who are really interested in politics.
If you know people who are not interested in politics, then this strikes me as completely accurate.
Then we showed approximately 1,000 individuals a series of these manipulated profiles and asked them their interest in dating each person, whether they shared the individual’s values and whether the person was attractive to them.
We found that — even though politics is just one of several characteristics displayed in the profile — whether or not they shared politics with the person in the profile affected their level of interest in dating the person.
Or at least I heard that on a talk show, so it must be kind of true.
If these surveys are in fact true — and right now I don't care if they are — anyone who lets politics interfere with romance is probably too idiotic to raise children and should probably be chemically altered for the greater good. Right now I bet there's some generic young Republican college student reading The Nation, just so he gets the buzzwords right so he might date that girl in Madison with the big brown eyes. Listen to a new episode of "The Chicago Way" podcast with John Kass and Jeff Carlin — with guest Kristen Mc Queary of the Tribune Editorial Board — at
Then we observed the frequency with which people reached out to potential dates — the term used is “messaged.” We also observed the frequency with which they received responses on the basis of shared or not shared political orientations.