We’ve all heard it before – don’t talk about politics on the first date! Political discussions can get heated fast if you and your date have opposing views. A first date is supposed to be a fun and lighthearted meeting to get to know someone new. Serious issues like marriage, religion and politics can safely be saved for date three or four.
With such controversial candidates leading the presidential primaries, WhatsYourPrice was interested in discovering how politics affects dating and relationships. We surveyed our members to identify their political stance and to find out which demographic, if any, would be willing to lie about it on a first date.
Results show that Democrats own up to their party while the majority of Republicans would rather lie than potentially turn off a new partner. Among respondents who identify as Republican, 57% said they would lie or have lied about their party affiliation to a date.
Republican politicians have been known to bend the truth and our survey shows the same can be said about their constituents. The conservative stance on many social issues, such as gay rights and contraception are quite controversial, so it’s no surprise many singles would be tight-lipped about their affiliation especially early on in a relationship.
You are set in your beliefs and so is your date. No amount of discussion will change this so there isn’t a good point in bringing it up in such an early stage of a relationship. This isn’t to say you can’t talk about current events or the news, but don’t reveal just yet how far right or left you stand.
What topics are best for discussion during a first date?