Washington is the American city with the most active singles dating scene, according to a recent Time Out ranking. Another popular dating app, The League, says that users in D.C. are fifteen times more likely to mention politics in their bios since the election and one third say that they wouldn’t date somebody with contrasting political beliefs. Demographically speaking, D.C. is overwhelmingly Democratic and conservatives are complaining about having problems getting a date. Washingtonian:
“A lot of times you’ll connect with someone [on an app] and they’ll Google you, find out you worked for Trump’s campaign, and then it’s pretty much all downhill from there,” says a Trump Administration official.
People who work in right-wing media say they don’t have it any better.
“The political divide has gotten so wide that a lot of younger liberals don’t have any interest in meeting conservatives,” says a reporter at a conservative media company. Working for a right-wing publication is such an obstacle to dating in DC, he doesn’t put his employer on any dating apps and avoids talking about it until meeting someone face-to-face, he says.
“The policies and these things that are attached to the right whether or not you’re a supporter of Trump have been pre-supposed on you, and it’s like a black mark,” says another reporter at the same outlet, who describes himself as a moderate conservative.
And guess what? This cultural divide is all the fault of the mean Democrats.
Republicans say it’s liberals who are more likely to turn down someone across the aisle. “Democrats are usually more vocal” about their opposition, the Trump staffer says, and therefore quicker to demonize all conservatives.
“I feel like they look at me and are like, here’s a tall white dude with brown hair wearing loafers, and he probably has a picture of Reagan and the NRA in his bedroom or something,” says one of the reporters from the conservative media company. “I just think they have a very hyperbolic view of what a conservative is.”
Don’t look for the partisan wars to simmer down any time soon if this is any indication:
It might be too late, though, if the advice one young woman working in left-wing politics got from her parents is the norm: “I remember growing up, and my parents were pretty active Democrats,” she says, “and they were like, ‘We don’t care who you bring home as long as he’s not a Republican.’ “
I think that’s sage advice.