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Previous research finds that…

  • The best predictor of an individual’s party preference is the preference of their parents (Knoke 1972).
  • While it is well noted that couples often align politically (Martin et al. 1986; Alford et al. 2011), it is unknown whether this is reflective of a choice or a side-effect of other factors that are correlated with shared political orientations (Anderson 2017).
  • Women’s relationship satisfaction is closely linked to a similarity in political attitudes with their partners (Leikas  et al. 2018)
  • Similarity in attitudes enables understanding and therefore assists couples who are experiencing relationship-related distress (Gonzaga et al. 2007)

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