Opposites Do Not Attract When It Comes to Love and Politics

Politics plays bigger role than personality when it comes to love, study finds

Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter
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Think James Carville and Mary Matalin make for a strange pairing? We do, too.

Turns out, the political odd couple is by far the exception rather than the rule.

LiveScience reports that a new study has found that folks generally marry within their own political partypossibly making the divide between conservatives and liberals even greater.

The research, to be published in the Journal of Politics, shows that married couples are more likely to have like-minded political views than similar personalities, according to LiveScience.

In fact, study author John Hibbing, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska, tells LiveScience that personality "doesn't seem as important to us as our notions of how other people should behave and the way society should be structured.”

So forget about hitting up dating websites, wasting time at nightclubs or hoping to find your mate in a grocery-store aisle. If you want to get hitched, we have two words: Political. Rally.

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First Published May 12, 2011

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