|Evidence of how 7-Eleven made it impossible|
for coffee dates to go without talking politics
Many daters say they're willing to set aside their ballots and don't care whether someone is on the opposite side of the voting spectrum. In fact, 62% of people polled by OurTime.com said that they'd be happy dating their polar political opposite. But in long-term relationships, most couples end up voting similarly. In fact, sharing political opinions is the second-most shared interest among married couples (the first being religion).
Most people don't even talk about politics when they first meet, according to a study called “Do bedroom eyes wear political glasses?” When it comes to online dating, people are more willing to admit they're overweight than they're willing to admit which party they're registered with. So what do you do when you've been flirting online only to learn that your dreamy blue-eyed beau votes red?
Decide if political affiliation is a deal-breaker - before the date
Are all of your friends similarly-minded? Would you want to throw coffee in the face of someone who will vote for your opponent? Or even someone who's undecided? Before meeting someone for a date, decide if you're too passionate about the current issues. It could be worth it to wait until after election day.
Breathe - and Listen
Sometimes it helps to hear someone else's opinion even if it's not endorsing your own. If nothing else, your willingness to listen makes you seem more approachable - and marketable. You never know, that Donkey of a date might brag about you to his Republican roommate.
The best way to stick to your own personal political beliefs is to use your right to vote. Make an educated and informed decision and go to the voting booth - even if that means you won't be going on a second date.
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