Many Americans see views on abortion as a non-negotiable relationship
- A new report from American Institute of Business, a conservatively linked public policy think tank, asked people about their political and social beliefs.
- Researchers have found that people are increasingly taking into account the political beliefs of potential partners. Divergent views on abortion or Donald Trump are not negotiable in relationships, they found.
- Women were more convinced than men to date someone with similar beliefs about abortion.
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The United States feels more divided than ever on social and economic issues.
According to a new report, released today by the American Institute of Business, a public policy think tank with conservative ties, suggests the division has crept into the realm of relations as well.
After polling 2,629 people over the age of 18 living in the United States, researchers found abortion to be the biggest relationship breaker, with one in four Americans (or 24% of those surveyed) saying that they would never date someone who has a different outlook on abortion than they do.
Almost half (44%) said it would be difficult to date someone with different opinions about abortion, although 32% said it would not be difficult.
More women than men said opinions about abortion were a relationship breaker
When the researchers explained how sex distorts the principles of abortion, they found that women were more sensitive to the subject.
They found that 29% of women surveyed said they could never date someone whose views about abortion did not match theirs, while 20% of men surveyed said the same.
Women who identified as Republican (38%) were more likely to say that different views on abortion were a breakup, compared to women who identified as Democrats (27%).
The researchers who conducted the study said they believe the increase in dating apps and digital dating culture may have contributed to these politically charged break-ups, as singles have more power than ever before. to look for specific traits.
“While the use of dating apps and dating sites has increased dramatically over the past decade, users have had unprecedented latitude to select the characteristics they desire in a potential romantic partner,” wrote Researchers.
Donald Trump is a dealbreaker
The study found that opinions about the 45th president are extremely important to singles today.
Of all those polled, 63% said they would not consider dating someone with different opinions about Trump. Just over a third (37%) said they might consider it.
The vast majority of women (69%) said they would not budge on it. The men were more open: 55% said they couldn’t date someone who disagreed with them about the president, but 45% said they wouldn’t mind.
American singles were less concerned about opinions on guns, the climate and LGBTQ rights
Other topics of broken relations with researchers included climate change, LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, gun control, immigration, and government spending.
Depending on their gender identity, their sexuality or their political orientation, things got a little skewed.
But overall only 15% of Americans said it would be impossible for them to date someone who did not share their views on climate change, 16% said the same about points differing views on guns and 13% said the same about immigration.
Some 19% said they would never date someone with different views on LGBTQ rights – however, when they just looked at responses from LGBTQ respondents, that figure jumped to 45%. A third (34%) said it would be difficult but doable, and 21% said it would be good.