Are Political Views Important in a Relationship?


political-viewsIn this article about meeting the parents we advised to never bring up political or religious topics when meeting the family. The reason is obvious — not everyone believes the same thing, nor are they open to believing whatever it is you believe in. But how well does this theory hold up in relationships? Is it impossible for a more liberal minded person to date a conservative minded person?

A friend of mine once got engaged to a guy who was the complete opposite of her when it came to social issues. They would argue about it, she would call him stupid and they would both butt heads about it, but in the end they still loved each other and dated for a long time. Even though they later broke their engagement, political beliefs had nothing to do with it. But there were other factors where they did connect, such as family upbringing, their salaries, their hobbies — they had enough things in common for something as hot button as politics to not completely drag down their relationship.

But especially now when the news illustrates a divided country in two extremely passionate groups, we can’t help but think perhaps it would be impossible for couples to cross sides. As always, what do you guys think? Could you marry someone of a different political belief?

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  1. Rachel says:

    I think that it depends on each individual person and how much politics play a role in their life. For example, I was a political science major in college and I worked on President Obama’s campaign, both in the primaries and the general election. I live, eat, and breath politics. I have dated a Republican before, but I found it very difficult because I felt like I couldn’t talk to him about the things I was most passionate about without always getting into a heated debate.

    My current boyfriend and I met while working on the Obama campaign during the general election. He was also a political science major. This past Sunday we spent our day plugged into CSPAN and CNN watching the health care debate. We are planning on getting engaged in the near future and now I don’t know how I could have ever dated a Republican. However, if I wasn’t so into politics and it wasn’t such a big part of my everyday life, I definitely think it could work!

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