Love and politics: do your political affiliations matter when dating?
What’s more, your political leanings may be a factor in your search for love. It's clear that love and politics can form a solid coalition – but to what extent should they mix?
Taboo – what taboo?
As the election approaches, many Canadians may find themselves unable to tear their minds away from the hustle and bustle on The Hill. Now, conventional wisdom would tell them to keep this political obsession to themselves, especially when dating someone new (one should never mix love and politics!). But, as an EliteSingles survey revealed, conventional wisdom is wrong. In fact, 65 per cent of those surveyed would be happy to discuss politics on a first date.
The results also showed that Canadians are particularly easy-going when it comes to discussing this traditionally ‘taboo’ topic. The survey, which looked at the responses of 500 singles from Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, also asked singles what they thought the most forbidden first-date conversation topic was. 9 per cent of singles overall chose politics – but none of these singles were Canadian. That’s right: not one Canadian single thought political chat should be off the table.
There was, however, one topic that was universally thought to be bad date conversation: the subject of ex-partners. 40 per cent of singles thought that this topic was the most off-putting thing that someone could bring up, making it a bigger no-no than talking about money (15 percent), sex (11 per cent) or marriage (10 per cent).
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