#1 Red mate, blue mate: Study says married couples select on basis of politics05-10-2011, 04:58 PMRed mate, blue mate: Study says married couples select on basis of politics
Research looks into the politics of American mating choices
Presidential nominees carefully pick their running mates so that their ticket is in solid agreement on the issues. But what about the average married couple? A new study of U.S. spouses shows they partake in very little political vetting, but tend to walk in political lockstep throughout their relationship, anyway.
In an article to be published in the Journal of Politics, researchers examined physical and behavioral traits in thousands of spouse pairs in the United States. They found that political attitudes were among the strongest shared traits – stronger, even, than qualities like personality or looks.
That's because spouses in the study appeared to be "sorting" on the basis of politics – instinctively selecting a partner who happened to have similar social and political views. People "placed more emphasis on finding a mate who is a kindred spirit with regard to politics, religion and social activity than they (did) on locating similar mates in terms of physique or personality," according to the article.
Meanwhile, researchers found little support for the notion that partners tended to adapt to one another's political beliefs over time, a discovery that could have implications on partisan politics for generations to come.
"We did expect to find a strong political bond between husbands and wives," said John R. Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of political science and a co-author of the study. "But we were surprised that political concordance seems to exist from the very early years in the marriage, instead of the folk wisdom of mates growing more alike politically as their relationship goes along."
The study adds to recent "sorting" research that has uncovered a surprising level of uniformity in Americans' personal political communication networks – where they live, with whom they socialize and where they work.
The new research shows that this "sorting" doesn't stop with the selection of neighborhoods or workplaces, however. It's also visible in choice of spouses, said John R. Alford, professor of political science at Rice University and the study's lead author.
"It suggests that, perhaps, if you're looking for a long-term romantic relationship, skip 'What's your sign?' and go straight to 'Obama or Palin?'" Alford said. "And if you get the wrong answer, just walk away."
Researchers were careful to note that "sorting" is not the only reason for spouses' political uniformity. Social homogamy, or the tendency for people to choose a mate from within one's own religious, social, economic and educational surroundings, plays a role.
So does inter-spousal persuasion on different issues over the years. But those factors' influences on participants' political attitudes were relatively weak, according to the study.
What might this mean for the future of American politics? One interpretation, the authors said, is that if parents transmit political traits to their children, then the practice of liberals marrying liberals and conservatives marrying conservatives seems likely to decrease the number of people in the political middle.
05-10-2011, 05:49 PM
- Join Date
- Nov 2008
- Florida. The Cuban Part.
Bisexual who thinks Palin is not the devil, pot should be legal, the government should stay out of my pantry AND the bedroom, and if we could put a damn moat on the border, that would be awesome.
I'm never getting married. :p
~QC"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." Rudyard Kipling - (1865-1936)
Context doesn't matter to this liberal it seems/ as long as it satisfies his godless dreams/ like monkeys throwing sh!t as castles in air/ as long as he throws/that is the extent of his care.
05-10-2011, 06:04 PM
- Join Date
- Jun 2010
- Virginia, birthplace of Presidents, mostly good ones.
i don't think so. Now snl thought it a real plus to meet a card carrying NRA concealed carry, conservative woman. and they married. And we love him dearly.
Youngest son married an overeducated, transplanted long islander in Orlando from 'democrat cause daddy was' family. She's coming around slowly.
I don't think politics enters into the decision. Didn't when i got married. But i can see how it could be really important in this day. The more passionate of the two and his/her politics dominates the political decisions. maybe maybe not.
05-10-2011, 08:53 PMOriginally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
05-10-2011, 09:03 PM
I think to some extent the politics could be just a by-products of other values. Mr. Snaps and I never discussed politics although he was a typical liberal and I was a typical conservative (of that time). However, we saw eye-to-eye on personal finances, short and long-range goals, personal responsibility, sexual morals, and interpersonal communication styles.
Over time, he became much less liberal and more libertarian politically (personally he became more conservative) and I became more libertarian in a political sense (but not in terms of personal behavior). Now we are in accord.
05-10-2011, 10:39 PM
I could never live with / date anyone with a left leaning nature.
I find anyone that would associate their name with the democrat
party in any way shape or form, to be deeply flawed and mentally
defective. I can't even stand to visit in the home of someone that
is even mildly liberal minded. The older I get the less patience I
have for even trying to attempt a conversation with someone that
isn't pretty far to the right. I sure would not allow one to live in
my house full time. No blue mates for me.
05-10-2011, 11:13 PMIn most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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