Conservatives and liberals tend to look for different things when dating. However, when trying to attract a date, people often avoid advertising their political leanings. They’re more likely to reveal their weight or height than something so controversial such as the fact they’re a staunch conservative or liberal.
The helpful table below lays out the existing research on the differences between liberals and conservatives when dating.
|More likely to be males||Better educated|
|Less likely to be a racial or ethnic minority||Younger|
Same average income levels
|Less accepting of dissiminalarity||Less likely to have been married|
|Want a person with same relationship status||Less likely to have children|
|Men more likely to want to date a female of own race||Men who identify as liberal and atheist tend to have slightly higher IQs – because smarter people tend to exhibit social values and preferences that go against the grain|
|Men with higher upper body strength more likely to be conservative||Men with low upper-body strength more likely to put own self interest aside and support a welfare state|
|Female conservatives tend to favor more muscular men||Female liberals tend to prefer thinner, more linear male bodies|
|Conservatives more open to dating someone with different political views||When available women outnumber available men, women are set free of the home and values shift toward liberalism.|
|In general, more orderly, conventional, and better organized||In general, more open-minded, creative, curious, and novelty seeking|
|Tend to seek emotional control and cognitive closure (in regards to humor)||More comfortable with abandoned self expression and thought processes (in regards to humor)|
- Few individuals were willing to express a definitive political preference. Of those that listed politics as an interest, the majority — 57 percent — reported that their politics were “middle of the road.”
- Women were 8 percent less likely to report being interested in politics.
- A higher income, education, and degree of civil engagement (i.e., volunteerism) increased the likelihood of listing politics as an interest.
- Older daters and those with higher education levels were more willing to express a definitive political preference, such as “very liberal” or “ultra conservative.”
For a little more conservative versus liberal fun, check out:
- Infographic on the different dietary preferences of the two groups
- Differences in conservative versus liberal consumer and buying habits – for example, conservatives are more likely to reach for name brands whereas liberals go for the cheaper, generic versions.
- Differences in beer choices. Conservatives like domestic beers versus foreign imports.