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I think it’s hard to meet people that you’re going to have things in common with if you’re not putting your actual interests out there.” If your political ideology is going to be a deal-breaker for someone, is it worth figuring out before you go to the effort of putting on liquid eye-liner? Some men expressed relief to find someone who shared their politics. After matching with one man and swapping numbers, his text opener was to berate her for voting for Trump.After sharing his disgust, he reassured her that he would still go out with her, an offer that she politely declined.“Just because I voted for someone does not mean I’m this stuff. You know nothing about me.” I suggest he might experience more of those reactions over the next three years dating in NYC. Frequently coming across the “swipe left if you voted for Trump” bio, Mike ignores the demand. I would like them to know who I am first before I openly tell them I voted for this person. Through the analysis of real data and experiments, they looked at how we react to potential suitors when armed with information about their politics.Oh, he’s racist, or he’s a Nazi or whatever the case may be. It’s not nearly as impactful as other factors like age, height, religion and skin color, but “there is evidence that shared politics affects your interest in dating someone,” Huber says.In Manhattan, where my app trawled for potential suitors, perhaps 1 in 20 would feature this new angle: The few short paragraphs traditionally filled with description or a witty quip were being used for political demarcation.Men and women were asking suitors to immediately discount themselves based on how they voted in 2016.The morning after last year’s presidential election results, Mike Lagana went to work in Manhattan.His usual commute to the site where he was employed at the time, right beside Trump Tower, took an extra 45 minutes because he had to navigate the throngs of protestors that surrounded the President-elect’s residence.
Many of the single people I spoke to for this piece, on both sides of the political spectrum, wanted to remain anonymous.In stark contrast to the protesting masses, he was feeling celebratory.But Lagana had taken the Trump badges and stickers off his tool bag, to avoid any reactions.“Swipe left if you voted for Trump,” I’d see on one profile. The woman, a Chicago native, sought out the club because she felt politically isolated and sick of being told that she was wrong all the time.
Other versions included “If you voted for Trump, we shall not hump” and the less rhythmical, more brutal: “If you voted for Trump, swipe yourself off a cliff.” Back to the bar, over a vodka and soda, the young Trump voter is discussing dating as a conservative in New York with Roger Sachar and Jay Cruger, fellow members of a meetup group called the New York Republican Club. “A date shouldn’t be like an episode of C-SPAN,” says Cruger, a charismatic 24-year-old paralegal from the Bronx. They never shy away from talking politics, even in the sometimes combative, predominantly Democratic dating landscape of NYC. She likes Trump’s economics and thinks that New Yorkers need a different perspective of the President.Flicking through Tinder, in the interest of immersive journalism, I kept seeing a biography specific to 2017.