More than twice as many Christians as Jews say they wouldn’t date someone of a different political party, according to a not-so-scientific survey by a pair of religious-based dating websites.
JDate.com and ChristianMingle.com – both owned by Beverly Hills-based Spark Networks USA – polled more than 2,000 of their members with a series of questions about dating and politics. The results indicate Jews are more open than Christians to dating someone of a different political party, though a solid majority of each faith is open to the idea. Respondents of both faiths overwhelmingly said that if dating someone with different political beliefs, they would choose to “agree to disagree” on the subject.
Keep in mind this survey only reached people who’d enrolled in these religious-oriented dating websites in the first place, so it’s a somewhat limited sample.
Here’s some of the breakdown:
Here’s how the questions were asked:
Q: Would you ever date someone who belongs to a different political party?
1,454 ChristianMingle responses, 1,204 JDate responses)
JDate – Yes: 90%, No: 10%
ChristianMingle – Yes: 79%, No: 21%
Q: If you found out the person you were dating had opposing political beliefs to you, what would you do?
(1,304 ChristianMingle responses, 1,347 JDate responses)
Agree to disagree: 86%
Break up with them: 4%
Never discuss politics again: 6%
Try to change their beliefs: 4%
Agree to disagree: 80%
Break up with them: 8%
Never discuss politics again: 7%
Try to change their beliefs: 5%