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Bipartisan Bae: 63% of Singles Remain Open to Dating Across the Political Spectrum

Amber Brooks

Written by: Amber Brooks

Amber Brooks

Amber Brooks is the Editor-in-Chief at DatingAdvice.com. When she was growing up, her family teased her for being "boy crazy," but she preferred to think of herself as a budding dating and relationship expert. As an English major at the University of Florida, Amber honed her communication skills to write clearly, knowledgeably, and passionately about a variety of subjects. Now with over 1,800 lifestyle articles to her name, Amber brings her tireless wit and relatable experiences to DatingAdvice.com.

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Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Scroll across any dating app nowadays, and you’ll spot the usual wish list: a kind heart, loyal soul, and an appetite for adventure. But tucked between the emojis and the selfies with puppies, a new dealbreaker is trending: a refusal to date someone who supports an opposing political party. As our politics becomes more and more politized, it would appear that the heart is taking sides, and ‘independent’ romantics – those willing to date beyond party lines – are dwindling.

However, a recent poll by DatingAdvice.com offers a glimmer of hope. We surveyed 3,000 singles across the country to find out just how many are truly politically colorblind in Cupid’s game. It’s a quirky, election-year exploration of love’s new battleground—where politics and passion collide…

Encouragingly, the poll found that a significant majority, 63% of singles, remain open to dating across the political spectrum.

Daring Daters 

Notably, the willingness to date across party lines varies widely by region. In Delaware, for instance, a mere 9% of both Democrat and Republican singles are sticklers for same-party sweethearts, which means a staggering 82% are game for a mixed-political mingle. 

Dakota’s Dating Divide

In contrast, South Dakota shows a much lower propensity for bipartisan romance. Only 29% of the state’s singles consider themselves ‘independent’ in their dating choices, displaying a preference for partners within the same political party. This trend is especially pronounced among South Dakota Republicans, of whom only 29% would contemplate dating a Democrat, whereas a higher proportion of Democrat singles, 43%, would be open to dating a Republican.

DatingAdvice.com has created an interactive heatmap showing how many ‘independent’ daters there are in each state:

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Conservative Cupids

When it comes specifically to Republican singles, a striking trend appears. Particularly in North Dakota, a significant 50% show an unwillingness to step across the political aisle for romance. On the other hand, Republican singles in Kansas display a greater openness, with just 4% indicating they would not entertain the prospect of dining with a Democrat. In general, a modest 17% of Republican singles nationwide said they would not be prepared to go on a Democrat date.

Liberal Love

Democratic singles seem comparatively less amenable to crossing party lines for a date, with 20% saying ‘no’ to dating Republicans, slightly higher than their GOP counterparts at 17%. In South Dakota, this trend is even more pronounced, where 43% of Democrat voters are unwilling to consider Republicans romantically. Meanwhile, in Utah, Democratic singles are much more flexible, with only 8% saying they would swipe left on a Republican – possibly a pragmatic choice given the limited dating pool.

Caucus Crush

Among the fascinating findings of the study is the link between states with a high rate of politically open-minded singles and those identified by analysts as key battlegrounds in the upcoming 2024 election. The consensus among experts suggests seven critical states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Singles Declare Their Dating Independence

Intriguingly, DatingAdvice.com’s poll indicates that nearly all these states, except one, boast a larger or average share of singles who are independents when it comes to dating:

In the context of 2024’s pivotal “Battleground of Hearts”:

•           Arizona sees 63% of its daters willing to cross party lines.

•           Georgia has 62% open to bipartisan dating.

•           Michigan reports a substantial 67%.

•           Nevada shows an impressive 71%.

•           North Carolina presents 63% open-minded singles.

•           Pennsylvania takes the lead with 72%.

•           Wisconsin features 65% ready to date across the aisle.

It’s encouraging to see that many singles are looking beyond political affiliations when seeking a partner. Our findings suggest that while politics are a defining aspect of our identity, they don’t necessarily dictate our personal relationships. Even in an era of polarized political views, love still has the potential to unite us.