More than looks or personality, politics may be the best predictor of a love match. Just look at the news with the infamous Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver split. The former first couple of California were famously different in their political leanings.
A new study from Rice University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found that people tend to marry a partner who lines up with them politically. The study looked at 5,000 couples in the U.S. Overall, social and political views appeared to be one of the biggest factors when choosing a partner. In the study, the only thing that factored higher than politics was church attendance. Does it surprise you that politics plays such a huge role in relationships?
The study's lead author, John Alford, said:
It turns out that people place more emphasis on finding a mate who is a kindred spirit with regard to politics, religion, and social activity than they do on finding someone of like physique or personality. It suggests that, perhaps, if you're looking for a long-term romantic relationship, skip "What's your sign?" and go straight to "Obama or Palin?" And if you get the wrong answer, just walk away.
This type of attitude may have drastically changed the surprisingly long marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Would it have changed any of your relationship choices? Would you align yourself with someone whose political beliefs were different from yours?