Last year, I believe Donald Trump hijacked Valentine’s Day.
This year, I’m relieved love is rising back to the top of the dating totem pole.
In 2017, with the Inauguration Day and Valentine’s Day less than a month apart, the results of the Electoral College vote permeated the bedroom, as well as surfaced in heated rants on social media, dividing friendships and romantic partners.
As a dating coach and love expert, the news media mostly wanted to talk to me about politics over love.
To say love got kicked to the curb by Donald Trump last year is an understatement, but our country was hurting, and relationships suffered.
I spend my days coaching singles and hearing about their attitudes on politics and dating. I’ve now taken the task of becoming a political dating expert, to help singles find their place where politics has taken center stage.
I’m happy to report I’ve noticed a shift since the new year where singles have been less interested in mentioning politics on their profiles in 2018.
In a previous Match Singles in America Survey from 2016, the dating site found 91% of singles had a better chance of getting to a second date if they mentioned politics on the first date.
With mobile dating profiles filled with text including, ‘Swipe left if you believe in all things Trump,’ to ‘Swipe Right if you think Trump is making America Great Again,’ the sentiments were strong with politics becoming one of the top deal-breakers for singles.
I spoke with Angela Hart, political writer for the Sacramento Bee on the effects of politics and love. Her piece, How Donald Trump is Killing Romance drew harsh criticism from Sean Hannity, who was apparently stunned that singles didn’t want to date a Trump supporter during one of his radio shows.
I even posted my heartfelt and emotional essays, Can True Love Endure Donald Trump and Love and Loss in the Age of Trump, where I painfully expressed how even the best relationships were getting tested due to conflicting political attitudes and views, including mine.
Now, I’m pleased to share the Match Singles in America Survey, of dating habits from 2017, just released for the 2018 Valentine’s season.
The survey shows things have lightened up for daters in the divisive political arena we’ve been living in.
In a section of the survey titled, “The Trump Effect” the Match results showed that singles put love first, ahead of our combative political climate.
Single Daters Will Now Date Across Party Lines
Match’s report showed that an overwhelming majority of singles (72%) would be willing to cross party lines with their date, with only 10% believing dating a Republican is a deal breaker and 5% saying they wouldn’t date a Democrat.
The survey, released just two days after Trump’s State of the Union address, shows singles are willing to be open to a different political point of view, with 45% saying they would try to understand the other’s perspective.
While politics was such a hot dating topic during the election year, 26% of singles in the survey said they’d change the subject if it came up on a date.
Does this mean the topic of politics is off the table for singles? Not at all. In the survey, 54% of singles think it’s important to find out their date’s political views, but the days of walking out on a date are gone, with only 5% admitting they would leave immediately.
It’s refreshing news for those seeking love and romance, and I couldn’t be happier.
Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She’s the author up the upcoming book, Love in the Age of Trump: How Politics is Polarizing Relationships, and as a political dating expert she’s been coaching on how to singles navigate the challenging waters while dating in the Trump era.