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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: genx; singles
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To: Modernman

*laugh* In name only. Actions are louder than words, He-Man. Yours too.


51 posted on 10/29/2004 9:28:24 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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What's the term, 'single for a reason'?


52 posted on 10/29/2004 9:30:23 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat (The choice is clear - elect a leader or a backseat driver)
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To: Sockdologer
*laugh* In name only. Actions are louder than words, He-Man. Yours too

So, a chick who has sex can't be conservative?

53 posted on 10/29/2004 9:30:46 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: Modernman

It's not about whether she has sex or not. It's about who she has it with.


54 posted on 10/29/2004 9:33:30 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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To: Modernman

How about explaining the conservative values behind sleeping around with anyone who "looks hot"?




55 posted on 10/29/2004 9:36:58 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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To: Sockdologer
How about explaining the conservative values behind sleeping around with anyone who "looks hot"?

I wasn't aware that every decision in life was governed by conservative values. Some decisions (like going home with a member of the opposite sex) have no political or ideological significance.

56 posted on 10/29/2004 9:38:42 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: Sockdologer
It's not about whether she has sex or not. It's about who she has it with.

No problem, then. If a conservative girl sleeps with a conservative guy, everything is okay.

57 posted on 10/29/2004 9:39:59 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

I am open to all races since God made all women beautiful, but I could not handle (FOR DATING) a non conservative thinking woman. It would be so illogical to me, that I wouldn't be having as much fun as I should have.
Also, if it gets serious and you have a liberal as a spouse, could be an unhappy home IMO. But, that is just me.


58 posted on 10/29/2004 9:42:04 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: ambrose
I'd love to test this theory but I'm still single in Seattle.  Seattle women are just too freaky.

I want to meet a nice conservative girl but I really don't know how.

"All my friends tell me just to be myself and pursue my hobbies.....do what I'm good at - and love - and I'll meet a like-minded woman.  So, I've been getting stoned and watching Star Trek re-runs the last couple years.....it isn't working."

59 posted on 10/29/2004 9:45:44 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (I know a great deal about the Middle East because Ive been raising Arabian horses,)
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To: Modernman

No ;) if a conservative girl sleeps with her husband, it's okay.


60 posted on 10/29/2004 9:47:05 PM PDT by Sockdologer
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To: ambrose
There is no such thing as a female American under the age of 40 that is either a Democrat or a Republican. What exactly does that mean? (I'm not talking about female Free Republic members, of course.) Ask a typical 30ish or a 20-something female to describe the difference between a Democrat and a Republican, and sit back and prepare to laugh. If you do happen to come across a female that is very knowledgeable about business, history, culture, education, politics, foreign affairs, etc..........she probably doesn't weigh less than 180 lbs.

Guys, how many women do you know that are really in tune with current events???? Politics? That watch the news? Any?

Most of them "listen to music", and that's pretty much it. They LOVE music. Kinda like how much I was "really into music"........when I was 17 years old. But for typical American females, they are always "into music."

If you take a female on a date, the topic of conversation is about as banal as a typical sitcom plot.

Liberal, Conservative..........whatever. Chicks have a vagina, and that's what guys want. Men don't hear a thing a girl says until after maybe the 4th or 10th date, if ever.

It's the truth folks, deal with it.

I'm quite certain that I'll get flamed for this, I'm used to it. Just my opinion from years of experience, of course.

61 posted on 10/29/2004 11:32:52 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: ambrose
"Bush men seem to be more into women's looks and other interests," said LunchDates founder Steve Penner.

Well, I resemble that remark! ;-)

Actually, I won't consider a long term relationship with a liberal woman. For me, I'll accept anything from a sincere moderate to a strong conservative, or someone who isn't very political at all.

Truth is, there is only so much I will invest in a relationship with a woman who has a difficult time with such aracane concepts as 'is' and 'alone.' Haha!

For casual dating or a brief fling, politics isn't an issue for me and I like to use these women as political punching bags for my amusement, I confess. Then, I ditch them.

62 posted on 10/29/2004 11:37:29 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: Sockdologer
And if she's a conservative, she'll be smart enough not to go home with you.

Probably the biggest reason most folks don't vote Republican, everybody thinks we're just a bunch of wild-eyed Bible-beaters.

63 posted on 10/30/2004 12:10:54 AM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Modernman
I can't speak for Gustaf, but I've bagged my share of GOP girls.

As have I, as have I. :) hahahahha

64 posted on 10/30/2004 12:12:27 AM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Sockdologer
How about explaining the conservative values behind sleeping around with anyone who "looks hot"?

So, were you, or were you not, a virgin on your wedding night?

Well?

Look........ people, you, me........everybody, gets laid. That's the way it is. That's the way it's always been. Sorry to inform you.

Quote scripture all you like, people have sex. That's just the way it is.

65 posted on 10/30/2004 12:16:52 AM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: austingirl
I could never date a liberal man - I have to respect a man's intelligence and can't do that with a lib.

As a former (long ago) liberal, I'll ditto that.

66 posted on 10/30/2004 12:12:11 PM PDT by technochick99 (Sanctimonious prig..., selfish hedonist)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Guys, how many women do you know that are really in tune with current events???? Politics? That watch the news? Any?

They are out there, and they are not all liberals or fat. I dated a very attractive woman who was an open-minded liberal. Believe it or not, she was attracted to me because of my interest in politics and the fact that I am right-leaning . I also went out on a few dates with a cute conservative woman that was into history almost as much as I am. You just have to know where to find them.

Most of them "listen to music", and that's pretty much it. They LOVE music. Kinda like how much I was "really into music"........when I was 17 years old. But for typical American females, they are always "into music."

So true, and so sad. For every woman that is politically knowledgeable, there are 1000 who define themselves by whatever musical niche market they fall under. But I am sure there are plenty of guys just as shallow, though you might have to replace music with sports in some cases.

If you take a female on a date, the topic of conversation is about as banal as a typical sitcom plot. Liberal, Conservative..........whatever. Chicks have a vagina, and that's what guys want. Men don't hear a thing a girl says until after maybe the 4th or 10th date, if ever. It's the truth folks, deal with it.

You just have to choose the right kind of girls, and modify your standards beyond "She's hot, I'd do her." Likewise, not every guy is an oblivious sex fiend. Some of us are interested in what a woman says along with her body. After all, you got to have something to do while you are waiting for her to get drunk and ask you to come back home with her. J/K.

I'm quite certain that I'll get flamed for this, I'm used to it. Just my opinion from years of experience, of course.

There's some truth to it, and I agree with much of it, but I haven't quite lost hope yet.

67 posted on 11/14/2004 1:24:55 PM PST by timm22
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To: ambrose
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,

It's very important for Dems not to allow other points of view into their lives, lest they be proven wrong.

68 posted on 11/14/2004 1:26:49 PM PST by ez (Let the tolerant tolerate my intolerance!)
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