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Jews more open to (politically) mixed dating?

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:

  • Jewish men are the most open to dating someone of a different political party, with 92 percent saying they would do so.
  • Though a majority of Christian men (75 percent) are open to dating someone of a different political party, they were the least likely of all groups polled to do so.
  • Twice as many Christian men than Jewish men said they’d try to change their partner’s beliefs if different from their own (10 percent of Christian men vs 5 percent of Jewish men).
  • Twice as many Christian women than Jewish women said they’d break up with someone who has opposing beliefs (7 percent of Christian women vs 3 percent of Jewish women).
  • 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)
    JDate –

      Agree to disagree: 86%
      Break up with them: 4%
      Never discuss politics again: 6%
      Try to change their beliefs: 4%

    ChristianMingle –

      Agree to disagree: 80%
      Break up with them: 8%
      Never discuss politics again: 7%
      Try to change their beliefs: 5%

    Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

    • Elwood

      And this thread is relevant to what?

      We seem to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.

      I’ve dated a few girls in my time, but it never occurred to me to ask her about her politics. I was always more interested in other aspects of her.

    • RR, Senile Columnist

      Let’s take a wild guess: Observant Christians and Jews tend to be more conservative than non-observant folk. Also, Jews may visit JDate because they have trouble finding singles of similar background. Christians online are seeking co-religionists who take their faith seriously.

    • JohnW

      I draw the line at dating a nun — or a priest.