WASHINGTON - As the weather begins to warm up and spring gets closer to arriving in Washington D.C., flowers are not the only things blooming. This is young love's season.
The nation’s capital has the most singles in the nation actively dating and using dating apps, according to travel magazine, Time Out.
But behind the excitement of swiping left or right lurks something more – the judgment of whether you lean left or right politically.
According to Washingtonian, since the 2016 presidential election, users of the dating app, The League, are 15 times more likely to mention politics in their dating profile. Also, a third of users said they would not date another person with a different political belief.
“It's a very opinionated place,” said D.C. resident Nick Dunstan. “There is a lot at stake here. People have high-profile jobs.”
“I think people in D.C. tend to be a bit more politically-minded,” said Alexa Hassink.
“It's not like a game changer unless it was like someone really far left or far right,” said Daniel White.
It turns out Mr. Far Right is Mr. Wrong.
“I look for someone that is really socially liberal and opening and accepting,” Hassink said. “Regardless of what party affiliation that falls under, that is a big red flag for me if they are not.”
“That is usually a subject that I would try to avoid bringing up until you really get to know that person and then you will figure out, ‘Hey, we are actually not so bad,’” said Dunstan.
Republicans report being turned down by Democrats more often than the other way around.
“It would be really, really hard for me to date anyone who considered voting for Trump,” said Hassink.
“Some dates I have been on, they really try to drag it out of you,” said Dunstan. “Then it turns into a big debate. It could be an argument, even hostility.”
So what's a conservative to do in such tense times?
“Keep looking. Everybody is looking,” said Hassink.
And maybe working across party lines in love could be an example to us for life.
“It should be a discourse and maybe you can learn things from each other,” said Dunstan.