Dating across political lines

Maybe 10 to 11 percent of American couples actually have divergent party registrations.”In another study, surveyors asked people to judge resumes to see which cues would make someone more likely to hire a high school senior for a job.

Surveyors manipulated the resumes to make the seniors sound like they were of a certain race, gender and academic achievement.

This is likely to contribute to a more tempered political climate in battleground areas than we might first expect. Accounting for a voter’s state, age, gender, race and party, we see huge effects of household composition on voter turnout.

Partisans married to like-partisans voted at much higher rates than partisans married to independents or to members of the opposite party.

“In the good old days — the 1950s, the 1960s — party affiliation made virtually no difference to interpersonal relations,” says Shanto Iyengar, a professor of political science and communication at Stanford University. In the 1950s, when people were asked how they would feel if their child were to marry someone from another political party, less than 10 percent of Americans felt troubled or displeased by the prospect of inter-party marriage.“Thirty years later, around the late 1980s, the mid 1990s, we began to notice a dramatic change,” Iyengar says.

“More than 25 percent now say that they would be troubled by the prospect of their offspring marrying outside the party. If you look at marriage across party lines today, it's extremely infrequent.

People sort into relationships with co-partisans, but not that much.

Third, there is a much higher rate of mixed-partisan couples among younger pairs than older pairs.

As it turns out, potential employers were more affected by political partisanship than by any other factor.“It turns out the [political] party cue dominated.In our research paper, we try out 32 different ways to define marriage in the data.Without getting too deep into the details, there’s a trade-off in how we define marriage here.Second, 55 percent of married couples are Democratic-only or Republican-only, which raises a question: Is that a big number or a small number?In other words, is there more or less partisan intermarriage than we should expect? We can compare interparty marriages to interracial marriages.

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