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The newest online dating minefield: Did you vote for Trump?

By in Press Enterprise on February 13, 2018

By Jeff Horseman

How’s Bill Maher for a relationship test?

Julie Spira of Marina del Rey wanted to watch Maher’s cable political talk show. Her boyfriend “didn’t want to watch anything with a liberal slant,” she said.

Politics went from being rarely discussed to causing a major schism between the liberal Spira and her partner, who wished President Donald Trump a happy birthday on social media. The couple –who had fallen in love at first sight, spent seven years together, broken up and then re-connected — went their separate ways shortly after Inauguration Day.

The Trump era’s effect on romance is something Spira, a dating expert, has seen in her professional capacity. Today, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a bar might get you a free drink – or get one thrown in your face.

Trump’s election “has polarized the nation in general. Naturally it’s spilled over into the dating world,” said Jonathan Alpert, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and author of a Huffington Post column on how to keep politics from ruining your relationship.

“(Trump) is a word that just brings out so many emotions in people,” he said.

How you feel about President Donald Trump may affect who’s willing to go out with you, data from dating websites suggest. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Once well behind other attributes, politics is now a more important factor in choosing someone to date. Since July 2016, women’s interest in politics rose more than 43 percent, according to the matchmaking site eHarmony, and men who mention politics in their profile get 12.9 percent of their matches to start talking as opposed to 4.9 percent for those who don’t.

After Election Day 2016 and Inauguration Day last year, eHarmony saw a 35 percent increase in membership.

“People are reacting to the Trump presidency with the same intensity as they did after 9/11,” eHarmony CEO Grant […]    

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