Zoë Petersen, Deseret News

Emily Rodriguez uses Mutual, a dating app geared toward members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she recently noticed users can reveal a new identifying feature: They can let prospective matches know whether they are conservative or liberal. It’s come in handy for Rodriguez; she said she “swipes up” for liberals and “swipes down” for conservative men. 

In the age of COVID-19, Donald Trump and virtue signaling on social media, politics have come to mean so much more than what party you somewhat carelessly registered for at the DMV. How you classify yourself politically affects how people see you, as though your politics were wedded to your identity.

For Gen Z, who came of age during a time of political polarization and changing social norms around privacy because of social media, politics can seem especially fraught when it comes to dating and marriage. This rising generation is already different in meaningful ways from older generations, according to Pew Research Center, with greater ethnic and racial diversity, more education and predominantly liberal views on social issues.

That’s especially true for young women. The growing political progressivism among Gen Z’ers is mostly driven by the changing views of young women. Dubbed “single woke females,” they were seen as one of the demographics that helped Democrats hold back the “red wave” that was supposed to wash over the nation in the 2022 midterm elections. Among unmarried women, 68% voted for Democrats in the last election, while 52% of unmarried men voted for Republicans, according to CNN exit polls.

Will this growing political gap between men and women make it even harder for people to find a romantic partner?

Americans are already more likely to be married to someone of a different race or religion than they are to someone who doesn’t share their politics, according to the latest American Family Survey, a nationally representative annual poll of 3,000 adults conducted by YouGov in July for the Deseret News and Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

Among survey respondents, 10% said they were in a mixed-race marriage or committed …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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