Political Differences & Divorce - Understanding the Correlation

Are political differences a contributing factor in today’s divorce rates? The research says yes. Recent studies done by Wakefield Research and Yale University provide information on the number of marriages that involve people with different political affiliations in the U.S., and the breakup rates of those couples.

Here’s what you need to know:

Yale University Studies the Percentage of Mixed Political Marriages in the U.S.

A 2016 study done by Eitan Hersh, professor of political science, and Yair Ghitza, lead scientist at a political data firm, researched more than 18 million couples. They used voter registration records to determine the number of mixed political marriages in the United States. The results showed that about 70% of American couples had the same political affiliation.

However, there were surprising statistics regarding the number of marriages involving people of different political parties. About 1 in 10 married couples in the U.S. were comprised of a Democrat and a Republican. Furthermore, about 19% of couples involved a Republican or Democrat with an independent voter. Couples under the age of 30 were more likely to be of different political parties, while older couples typically were of the same political party. Thus, while the majority of married couples in today’s society have the same political affiliation, a sizable number of couples are mixed.

Wakefield Research Studies the Breakup Rate Among Mixed Political Relationships in the U.S.

In April of 2017, Wakefield Research conducted a study of the breakup rates among mixed political marriages and romantic relationships. The researchers used an email invitation and online survey to study 1,000 U.S. adults over the age of 18. After the study had been concluded, interesting observations were made about the impact of the political climate on romantic relationships, including dating, engaged, and marriage couples.

In total, about 1 in 10 Americans (11% to be exact) have broken up romantic relationships due to political differences. About 22% of Millennials have broken up with someone of differing political opinions. Furthermore, more than 1 in 5 U.S. couples (22% to be exact), including 35% of Millennials, know a couple who has broken up or who has been negatively impacted by political differences and the recent election of President Trump.

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If you are preparing for a divorce, Mazaheri Law Firm can provide diligent representation. Whether your case is settled through mediation or is disputed in litigation, our Oklahoma City divorce attorneys can guide you through the process. We know there are a variety of factors that can contribute to a divorce in addition to political differences. With nearly 20 years of combined experience, our firm is here to provide informative legal services as you pursue a beneficial outcome.

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