Although users are required to state their political persuasion when signing up, the site doesn’t confine you to dating within your own political party.In fact Darren and Micheal told uk that around 35 per cent of their users were looking to date outside their political pack.If your partner’s political views are as important to you as what’s in their pants, then My Political is the dating site for you.It’s often said that you should never discuss sex or politics (and don’t even get us started on religion), but My Political – the new kid on the dating site block – blows that convention out of the water.Talking about their motivation for starting the site, Darren explained: ‘In terms of having a long-term relationship, raising children, and settling down, studies have shown that the majority of British people want to be in that long-term relationship with someone who shares their political views.’ The site only launched this year, but the general election saw a surge in members, and there are currently over 4,000 singletons signed up and hoping to find their political love match.And far from the stereotype that younger people are politically disengaged, a huge 60 per cent of the sites members are under 35, with a pretty even sex split of 55 per cent men to 45 per cent women."It was overwhelming because most of the people are liberals on campus.” Bell says she talks about politics all the time, even when she’s on a date.
After looking at 190,000 Ok Cupid profiles activated in 2016 by American citizens, the site found some “high level” findings about words that are most distinguishing for liberals and conservatives, meaning “the words you see here most likely indicate someone’s political party.” Interest in shows like The Daily Show, NPR and Broad City were all very likely to distinguish you as a liberal, whereas using words such as “Jesus”, “faith”, “guns” and “Marines” would tag you as a conservative.
In addition to this, Ok Cupid also calculated that 74.5% of people on the site were looking for love, and 25.5% were looking for sex.
And while conservatives interested in love were likely to enjoy “the outdoors” or “shooting ranges”, liberals looking for love prefered “museums”, “yoga” and “crying”.
If similar political views bring people together on the campaign trail, why not in romance as well?
That’s the concept behind two new dating websites for people on opposite sides of the political spectrum.