Are Millennials Letting Politics Dictate Their Dating Lives?

This summer of 2019, the world’s largest democracy goes to polls to elect India’s Prime Minister for the next 5 years. Voting has kicked off in the world’s largest elections, with almost 900 billion eligible voters across the country! 

India’s shifting realities are in greater focus than ever before, reflecting on the past – voting was a collective family affair where youngster would simply vote for the candidate their family was rooting for, without any questions asked. But all of that is changing. We are voicing our independent opinion on most things in our lives and political preferences are one of them.

Dating apps match single youngsters on the basis of shared values and beliefs systems. Through the data gathered from the questions on the app, a dating app released  insights into the minds of the young voters and their political, social awareness. The discovery was that YES, Indian millennials are politically aware, but slightly less invested, and would willingly support any cause that they feel strongly about.

But are politics a deal breaker when it comes to relationships? Surprisingly, politics and love DO NOT correlate for daters on the app to the point that politics is the least favourite topic of conversation for people meeting both online or offline. Men do not seem to care what women think about politics or who they support, whereas women were far more mindful about the political leanings of the person they date.

“On OkCupid, we want our users to always connect on more, and not just superficial attributes like location and selfies. As a progressive platform, and through user responses to thousands of fun OkCupid questions ,  we have been able to gather tremendous insight into everything that might be relevant to our users from politics to pop-culture. And with the largest democracy in the world kick-starting its electoral process, politics will take center stage in people’s lives and conversations, these insights will help you find the right match and a relationship with substance,” says Melissa Hobley, CMO, OkCupid.

Here, some interesting findings gathered from the politically and socially aware millennials through user responses to questions about voting and politics and how it affects their love life, if at all. Scroll through!

Is voting important to you?

A staggering 78 per cent men and 75 per cent women say that voting is very important to them, while only 17 per cent men and 19 per cent women think it’s not so important (and for the remaining, not important at all!)

Should people be penalized if they don’t vote in elections?

51 per cent of men and 48 per cent of women believe that there should be some kind of penalty for people who don’t vote.

A majority of men (64 percent) and women (62 percent) don’t enjoy discussing politics at all. They might be aware, but choose not to make this heated topic of conversation typical of  bedroom or dining table discourse.

Would you risk your life to protest against an unjust government or for a cause that you feel strongly about?

57 percent men and 53 percent women are willing to risk their lives to fight for their rights or for a cause they truly believe in. All they need is a little push to bring out the activist in them.

Do you believe it is important to stay informed about political issues affecting your nation?

Yes, 92 percent men and 91 percent women believe it’s important to stay informed. After all an aware citizen has the ability to make informed choices.

However informed the people might be, when it comes to dating, Indian millennials are undeterred by politics and do not want to make it a part of their life, or rather love life.

Could you date someone who has (and acts on) radical-left or right politics?

A majority of people are open to dating someone who has a strong political inclination for the right or left wing (43 per cent men and 37 per cent women) as long as it’s not violent. Some people though would not think about it (25 per cent men and 29 per cent women). The remaining (20 per cent men and 25 percent women) are not sure and others would rather not comment (12 per cent men and 9 per cent women).

Could you date someone who has strong political opinions that are the exact opposite of yours?

Surprisingly, when it comes to dating a person, 54 per cent women would like to match with partners who share their political beliefs whereas only 21 per cent men care.

Which is more important for a good match? (Having similar political beliefs | Having good sex | having similar hobbies)

Well Indian millennials are quite clear about this one! Having good sex (86 per cent men and 75 per cent women) is far more important than having similar political beliefs (14 per cent men and 25 per cent women) for a good match and happily ever after.

Which of the following would you rather discuss with someone you just met? (Musical preferences | Political beliefs | Philosophical beliefs | Sports )

Given the choice of topics they would like to discuss when they first meet offline, a majority of users mentioned musical preferences (53 per cent  men and 55 per cent  women), followed by a much smaller chunk of people saying philosophical beliefs (32 per cent  men and 34 per cent  women), then sports (11 per cent  men and 4 percent  women) and lastly, political beliefs  (4 per cent  men and 7 per cent  women) being the least preferred topic.

When you first talk online with someone, which of the following would you prefer to talk about? (Sex | Politics & Current Events | Activities | Personal History  or Experiences)

While meeting people online, daters would rather talk about personal history or experience (48 per cent  men and 50 per cent  women), personal hobbies and activities (44 per cent  men and 43 per cent  women). The least preferred topics of discussion online are sex (6 per cent men and 2 per cent women) or politics and current events (3 per cent  men and 3 per cent women).

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