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Bush singles more open to dating opposites than Kerry supporters
townonline.com ^ | 10/29

Posted on 10/29/2004 5:07:10 PM PDT by ambrose

Bush singles more open to dating opposites than Kerry supporters

By Erin Smith/ Staff Writer

Friday, October 29, 2004

As President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry ready for an Election Day showdown in their race for the White House, one Brighton business owner has come to a startling conclusion: Bush backers are actually more liberal than Kerry supporters - if only while out prowling the singles scene.

In a recent poll by LunchDates, a Brighton-based personalized dating service, found that the majority of its Democrat members prefer to date only Democrats, while Republican singles said the political affiliation of their significant other is unimportant.

Seventy percent of Bush backers, age 25 to over 40, told LunchDates the political affiliation of a prospective date is unimportant, but Kerry supporters may be pickier daters. Twelve percent of Kerry supporters declared shared political views were "very important" to a relationship versus only 1 percent of Bush backers.

"Bush men seem to be more into women's looks and other interests," said LunchDates founder Steve Penner.

Forty-two percent of Kerry singles and 29 percent of Bush backers also claimed political similarities were "somewhat" important.

Kerry men were the most politically discriminating, with 60 percent noting common political ground was somewhat or very important.

Although Penner admits the poll is scientifically inaccurate, he said it is important to examine whether shared political beliefs is a trait Boston-area singles look for in potential spouses.

Penner, who has been tracking political preferences at LunchDates since the 1988 presidential election, said the political sentiments of singles have changed over the years.

During the Reagan years, singles tended to readily identify themselves as liberals or conservatives, but in the 1990s, many singles responded that they did not think about politics often, Penner said.

Democrat singles' interests in dating within their own political arenas is continuing to rise in the new millennium, according to LunchDates polls. In the 2000 election, 55 percent of Gore, compared with 46 percent of Kerry supporters in 2004, said political affiliation was not important dating criteria.

Republican singles, on the other hand, are becoming less interested in politics in the singles scene. Republican single who believed shared political beliefs to be unimportant jumped 18 percent from 2000 to 2004, said Penner.

Although Republican singles appear to be less discriminating daters when it comes to politics, it does not indicate a general disinterest in politics. In fact, the opposite is true as there are fewer ambiguous and waffling single voters in 2004, said Penner.

Penner documented that 21 percent of LunchDates singles were still undecided two weeks before the 2000 elections, but this year, only 13 percent were undecided five weeks before the Nov. 2 election.

Although politics is not the only focus of the dating service, a LunchDates' standard entrance interview asks singles how important politics is to them in a relationship.

"We don't ever want to match up a right-winged conservative with a more progressive left-leaning liberal because they're certainly not going to get along," said Penner.

LunchDates, Boston's oldest personalized dating service, surveyed 200 men and 200 women through interviews with match counselors from Sept. 21 to 28.


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1 posted on 10/29/2004 5:07:10 PM PDT by ambrose
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To: ambrose

That's because Bush 'Singles' are not gay.


2 posted on 10/29/2004 5:09:17 PM PDT by The_Republican
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To: ambrose
Kerry men

Oxymoron alert.

3 posted on 10/29/2004 5:09:20 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ambrose

Lefty chicks put out.

Mystery solved.


4 posted on 10/29/2004 5:09:33 PM PDT by RWRbestbyfar
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To: ambrose
Bush backers are actually more liberal than Kerry supporters - if only while out prowling the singles scene.

That's only because Liberal girls are easy.

Hell, in all my years I ain't ever seen even peanut butter spread that easy.

5 posted on 10/29/2004 5:09:47 PM PDT by Prime Choice (Laura Bush is like everyone's sweetheart. Teresa Heinz-Kerry is like everyone's mother-in-law.)
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To: ambrose

If she's hot I'll go home with her. I don't care about her politics.


6 posted on 10/29/2004 5:09:56 PM PDT by Gustafm1000
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To: ambrose

Apparently democrats also have problems with being friends with us ignernt conservatives.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1262067/posts


7 posted on 10/29/2004 5:09:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (We've turned the corner and we're not smokin crack.)
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To: ambrose
The trouble with liberal women wanting to date Kerry men is that they all have boyfriends.

It is a well-known fact that Republican boys prefer to date Democrat girls because they are looser morally. Republican men prefer to marry Republican women because they are loyal.

8 posted on 10/29/2004 5:10:50 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: ambrose

Hey, you don't have to talk to her in the morning, do ya?


9 posted on 10/29/2004 5:11:51 PM PDT by StJacques
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To: Mr. Mojo

Beat me to it, dammit. Metrosexuals, no doubt.


10 posted on 10/29/2004 5:11:53 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: The_Republican

"Bush singles more open to dating opposites than Kerry supporters"

Opposite sex?


11 posted on 10/29/2004 5:11:58 PM PDT by Spok
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To: ambrose
"Bush men seem to be more into women's looks and other interests," said LunchDates founder Steve Penner.

And what isn't mentioned is that Kerry men are more into male looks, and particularly their other interests.

12 posted on 10/29/2004 5:12:33 PM PDT by xJones
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To: ambrose

No surprise. Although self-proclaimed "liberals" pride themselves on being "open minded" they are often really quite intolerant. And to many "liberals", politics tends to function as their religion; how can they date outside the religion? Conservatives meanwhile will tend to be able to look past that as politics does not play that role in their lives.


13 posted on 10/29/2004 5:13:03 PM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: ambrose

I definitely am surprised at this. I don't know many conservatives willing to be permanently tied to a liberal. Especially when, more often than not, "liberal" relationship behaviors are inherently more chaotic by definition.

I also couldn't imagine being married to someone with whom marital relations would stop because of partisan politics in the media.


14 posted on 10/29/2004 5:13:44 PM PDT by ScottM1968
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To: ambrose

It makes sense to me. I dated a Democrat,when we got married I converted her, I am proud to say she is now a registerred Republican.


15 posted on 10/29/2004 5:15:19 PM PDT by jim from cleveland
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To: ambrose

Hmmm. I consider politics in general harmonry with mine to be a very important desired characteristic in a mate. But so much for conservatives' supposed closed-mindedness.


16 posted on 10/29/2004 5:16:01 PM PDT by Dan Middleton (The waiting is the hardest part / Every day you see one more card)
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To: ScottM1968
I definitely am surprised at this. I don't know many conservatives willing to be permanently tied to a liberal.

Don't be surprised. This is about dating, not marriage. When it comes time to tie the knot conservatives (usually) stick with other conservatives.

17 posted on 10/29/2004 5:16:10 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ScottM1968

Maybe the conservative guys realize that they won't be permanently tied to a liberal-- over time, her political views are quite likely to shift into greater alignment with his. I know that mine certainly have.


18 posted on 10/29/2004 5:18:10 PM PDT by walden
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To: ambrose

I have a low gag threshhold; I could not date a Democrat under any circumstances.


19 posted on 10/29/2004 5:18:54 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Vigilanteman
"The trouble with liberal women wanting to date Kerry men is that they all have boyfriends."

I'm not sure I get this Vigilanteman. When you write they all have boyfriends do you mean liberal women or Kerry men?
20 posted on 10/29/2004 5:20:50 PM PDT by StJacques
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To: ambrose

Doesn't surprise me at all. Libs claim to be tolerant but tend to be the least tolerant of other ideas, as we all know. My liberal friends are baffled and downright offended that I support Bush.

They also tend to be sanctimonious and pretentious so they don't accept differing viewpoints as genuine good-faith differences in opinion.

And finally, they tend not to understand that there's more to life than politics. Hence, someone opposed politically is opposed in every way that matters to them.


21 posted on 10/29/2004 5:22:29 PM PDT by byset
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To: Mr. Mojo

Not to mention the fact that in reality, the vast majority of people aren't politically oriented enough to care one way or the other. None of my friends, for example, even consider politics when it comes to women, no one cares enough to make it an issue.


22 posted on 10/29/2004 5:25:36 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: ambrose

Although hardly universally the case ...

Republicans tend to be more individualistic, and
Democrats tend to be more tribal.

Individualists assess others on their individual merits,
and assume the reverse is true. Can you and I reach and
keep agreements.

Tribalists assess others on tribal identity and tribal
loyalty. Are you a "them" or an "us".

In prehistoric times, the Republican individuals were
probably more likely to mate with members of other
tribes. The Democrats stayed in the tribe.

The human race is a tribal species. It helped make us
the dominant critters on the planet, but tribalism
scaled up to nationalism does not serve us.


23 posted on 10/29/2004 5:26:31 PM PDT by Boundless (bin Laden is running an IQ test next Tuesday. Score high on it.)
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To: The_Republican
LMAO!

Kerry men were the most politically discriminating, with 60 percent noting common political ground was somewhat or very important.


Good. With any luck, they won't reproduce.
24 posted on 10/29/2004 5:26:48 PM PDT by Optimus Prime (Do liberals even qualify as sentient beings?)
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25 posted on 10/29/2004 5:27:19 PM PDT by qam1 (McGreevy likes his butts his way, I like mine my way - so NO SMOKING BANS in New Jersey)
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To: ambrose

I could never date a liberal man - I have to respect a man's intelligence and can't do that with a lib.


26 posted on 10/29/2004 5:31:35 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: ambrose
Here in Seattle, EVERY female is a Kerry supporter.

No, I am NOT exagerrating.

27 posted on 10/29/2004 5:32:50 PM PDT by Clemenza (Get me out of Seattle!)
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To: SoDak

Yep, most folks are apolitical.


28 posted on 10/29/2004 5:33:30 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Clemenza
No, I am NOT exagerrating

I (unfortuantely) know all too well.

29 posted on 10/29/2004 5:34:55 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: ambrose
Bush men seem to be more into women's looks and other interests," said LunchDates founder Steve Penner.

Read: Bush men know liberal women put out.

Kerry men were the most politically discriminating, with 60 percent noting common political ground was somewhat or very important

Read: Kerry men look for liberal women who put out, but they are also making sure they don't have talk about their idiotic politics and thus get rejected. It would scar their poor wittle psyches.

30 posted on 10/29/2004 5:35:18 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ( "[Y]our arguments are devoid of value. I, as a woman, have so declared it." -- BushIsTheMan)
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To: ambrose

Because we know we're in the power position as a Republican. Liberals are easy.


31 posted on 10/29/2004 5:35:21 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: ambrose

That's because Bush Singles always expect their political opposites to grow up one day


32 posted on 10/29/2004 5:35:35 PM PDT by muir_redwoods
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To: Vigilanteman

DINGDINGDINGDING!

We have a winner!


33 posted on 10/29/2004 5:36:03 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile ( "[Y]our arguments are devoid of value. I, as a woman, have so declared it." -- BushIsTheMan)
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To: ambrose
Democrats are raised to hate the people with non-liberal ideas and Republicans hate the unnatural ideas of the people that are liberals.

The dating starts with people. Ideas can affect things after the dating begins.

The exception is the religious conservative who might be dating for the purpose of finding a wife but he probably isn't in a dating environment where there is much of a mix.

34 posted on 10/29/2004 5:37:52 PM PDT by Jim_Curtis (Liberals lie at the premise, accept their premise and you can only lose the argument.)
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To: MayflowerMadam
"I have a low gag threshhold; I could not date a Democrat under any circumstances."

If the rumors about democrat men are true, gagging won't be a problem

35 posted on 10/29/2004 5:37:54 PM PDT by muir_redwoods
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To: ambrose
It easy to get liberal women to convert. Most are victims of their environment.

Those three liberal men that do like women, won't date conservative women because they stand up for themselves.
36 posted on 10/29/2004 5:38:56 PM PDT by Leisler (Kerry, release your Department of Defense SF 180)
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To: byset
Liberal political correctness asserts that if a person does not subscribe entirely to the intellectuals' agenda ("we are smarter than you are, just accept these positions"), then you have some failings ("You don't still believe in God, do you???" "A woman's right to choose has priority over the location of some extraneous tissue" "Meat is murder, and besides it'll just make you sick" "it's just sex") on par with being a racist, self-centered glutton, or "oppressing fascist".

The party line does not hold up to scrutiny or "picking and choosing" the elements to suit an individual philosophy.
37 posted on 10/29/2004 5:39:46 PM PDT by weegee (George Soros has probably spent more on this election that many rock stars make in a year.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Do you know the real reason Republican men like to date Democrat girls ??


Did you ever hear of getting a piece of elephant ;-)

( I couldn’t help myself)


38 posted on 10/29/2004 5:44:14 PM PDT by quietolong
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To: Optimus Prime
"Kerry men were the most politically discriminating,
with 60 percent noting common political ground was somewhat or very important. "


Hope they are willing to settle for
1.) Fugly women
2.)Their hand
3.)Each other.
39 posted on 10/29/2004 5:45:28 PM PDT by 45semi (A Kennedy speaking, and the wind from me arse, bear suspicious resemblance...)
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To: ambrose

Sorry but no I wouldnt consider dating a stupid liberal guy for a nanosecond.


40 posted on 10/29/2004 5:47:13 PM PDT by Selkie
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To: StJacques

they = Kerry men all have boyfriends.


41 posted on 10/29/2004 6:06:37 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: ambrose
This isn't my experience. I am constantly amazed at all the liberal men who want to date me and don't understand why I always say No, it wouldn't work out. No, not ever. No. NO, please leave me alone. Then they say that they're not really all that liberal, they're really middle-of-the-road. Uh-huh. Go away. I think it's some kind of conquest-thing: the woman who is more inaccessible is more desirable.
42 posted on 10/29/2004 6:14:44 PM PDT by Capriole
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To: 45semi

I'd be happy for them settling for abortion happy women who'll abort their seed out of existence.


43 posted on 10/29/2004 6:46:07 PM PDT by Optimus Prime (Do liberals even qualify as sentient beings?)
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To: ambrose

Of course, many Kerry supporters think that a "mixed marriage" is between a man and a woman.


44 posted on 10/29/2004 7:07:09 PM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime wrote:

". . . Good. With any luck, they won't reproduce."

Can't let go of the demographics, can you Optimus?
45 posted on 10/29/2004 9:13:38 PM PDT by StJacques
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To: Gustafm1000
If she's hot I'll go home with her. I don't care about her politics.

And if she's a conservative, she'll be smart enough not to go home with you.

46 posted on 10/29/2004 9:15:53 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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To: Sockdologer; Gustafm1000
And if she's a conservative, she'll be smart enough not to go home with you.

I can't speak for Gustaf, but I've bagged my share of GOP girls.

47 posted on 10/29/2004 9:17:19 PM PDT by Modernman (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J.)
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To: ambrose

*Grin* I was formerly engaged to a liberal/moderate. I'm now dating a conservative Republican. The difference is like water to wine. Never again will I visit the dark side.


48 posted on 10/29/2004 9:21:53 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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To: Modernman

I said conservative. Not GOP ;) and there is a difference.


49 posted on 10/29/2004 9:22:22 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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To: Sockdologer
I said conservative. Not GOP ;) and there is a difference.

Either GOP or conservative, my statement still stands.

50 posted on 10/29/2004 9:26:22 PM PDT by Modernman (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J.)
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