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Published On: Thu, May 11th, 2017

‘The Trump Effect’ blamed in divorces, Democrats less likely to give Trump supporter a chance

Politics and religion may have been creating tension between relatives for centuries, but new research points to a challenging political landscape with one side becoming increasingly intolerant and even divorcing their spouse if they are NOT likeminded.

The new study by Wakefield Research found that one in 10 couples, married and not, have ended their relationships in a battle over political differences. For younger millennials, it’s 22 percent. In particular, couples over President Trump are more than ever and leading to divorce court.

Nearly one in three Americans said that political clashes over Trump have “had a negative impact on their relationship,” said the report.

“Since Donald Trump’s election, political discourse in the U.S. has been more tense and divisive than ever,” Wakefield said.

“Passionately opposing points of views are not only driving wedges between strangers and even friends, but we are now seeing evidence that this dissent is having a detrimental impact on Americans’ marriages and relationships,” the report said.

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In fact, 24 percent of Americans in a relationship or married and 42 percent of millennials told the survey that “since President Trump was elected, they and their partner have disagreed or argued about politics more than ever.”

Two unrelated online dating reports confirmed the rise of political incompatibility. They showed that Democrats are especially unlikely to date a Trump-supporting Republican, but Republicans are more inclined to give Clinton-supporting Democrats a try.

In confirming those reports, Wakefield found that even Americans not in relationships would consider divorce if their partner didn’t agree with them on politics.

“Among Americans who did not vote for Trump and who are not in a relationship with a partner who voted for Trump, a third (33 percent) would consider divorce if they had a spouse who voted for Donald Trump. This number jumps to 43 percent among Millennials who did not vote for Trump or have a partner who voted for him,” said Wakefield.

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