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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: 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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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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