How would you feel if your son or daughter (or another close family member) married a liberal Democrat? How about a Tea Party Republican? Would you be happy either way, or would one of these choices make you miserable?
Politics, religion, and family often don’t mix. “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people,” said the sage Charles Schulz, speaking through Linus, “religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
If so, would it be better if Republicans and Democrats just avoided marrying one another?
For some Americans, the answer is yes, according to Pew’s just-released report on political polarization.
Three of ten (30%) consistently conservative Republicans said they would be unhappy if a Democrat married an immediate family member. And, 15% of those who are mostly conservative feel the same way.
Almost one quarter (23%) of consistently liberal Democrats would be unhappy if a Republican married an immediate family member, with an additional 8% of those who are mostly liberal feeling the same way.
Despite these antipathies, the majority of Democrats and Republicans report that it wouldn’t make them unhappy if a close family member married someone of the opposite political persuasion.
Should Republicans and Democrats avoid intermarriage?
How would you feel if a close family member married a Republican—or a Democrat?
Are there considerations other than political views that matter more?
- Political Polarization: Are YOU a threat to the nation’s well-being?
- Political Polarization: Walkable Communities versus More Room?
- Political Polarization: Should Republicans and Democrats avoid intermarriage?
- Political Polarization: Where are you headed? San Mateo or Fort Worth?
- Political Polarization: Does anyone still value compromise?