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Intolerance: Survey reveals Democrats much less likely to date Trump supporters

The Democratic Party often claims to be the party of tolerance, but a new study shows the majority of Democrats are far from tolerant when selecting dating partners.

The Pew Research Center discovered in a recent study that nearly three-quarters of Democratic voters — a whopping 71% — said they would not consider dating someone who supports and voted for President Donald Trump.

Of those, 45% said they would “definitely NOT” date a Trump supporter.

Meanwhile, less than half of Republican voters, just 45%, said they would not date a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, and only 19% said they would “definitely NOT” date Clinton supporters.

When it comes to simply dating members of the opposing party, Republicans continued to show overwhelming tolerance.

The survey found that 43% of Democrats will not date a Republican, while just 24% of Republicans said they would not date a Democrat.

More from Pew Research Center:

The aversion to dating people of different political orientations reflects the partisan antipathy seen in the overall public.

Other recent Pew Research Center surveys have found that sizable shares of partisans are likely to associate negative traits such as “closed-minded” and “immoral” with members of the opposite political party, and many find it stressful and frustrating to talk about politics with people who don’t share their political views.

As Newsweek reported, political surveys over the last several years have revealed just how polarized American politics have become.

For example, recent polls showed Democrats believe Republicans are “close-minded” and “unintelligent” while Republicans believe Democrats are “unpatriotic” and “lazy.”

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and college students are asked if they’d date those with opposite political views — i.e., Trump supporters

It’s Valentine’s Day — when the focus of the nation’s collective eye (and heart, of course) is on romantic relationships.

With that in mind, Campus Reform’s Eduardo Neret hoofed it over to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to ask students if they’d consider dating folks who held opposite political views.

Now given the campus’ reputation for left-leaning sentiments, the most common answer seemed to be some form of — you guessed it — “No, I hate Donald Trump.”

What did they say?

Upon being asked the question, the first person in the clip took direct aim at the guy who made quick work of Hillary Clinton in 2016, noting that she couldn’t date someone who “supports who’s currently in the White House.”

Another student hedged a bit, admitting that dating someone with opposite political views would take some “really strong extenuating circumstances” — whatever that means.

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Yet another student said she wouldn’t even consider dating “moderates.”

Dating someone with opposing political views would invite “too much conflict in the relationship,” another student said.

One student said he’d draw the line if a dating partner was “pro-life”:

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And there was more Trump disdain to come, with one student noting that “honestly, if they’re just overall Trump supporters,” the dating dealbreaker has arrived.

“If they were a Trump supporter, I don’t think I could date them ’cause I feel like in my opinion that shows a little bit about their character,” yet another student said.

On that note, another student offered that “at some point your political views could mean you’re a bad person.”

But not every student saw things that way: “I think just because you disagree on some topical political issues doesn’t mean you have a radically different set of values.”



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