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Midterm elections are fast approaching and we wanted to know what single Americans think of the current state of political affairs. Do politics matter when it comes to love? How many people would date a member of the Tea Party? FreeHookup sought to answer these and other important political questions with our 2010 midterm elections survey. FreeHookup fielded the survey to a thousand random singles across America. The results are in this news story - check it out!
Here is what we found. What do you have to say about the results?
When it comes to love, singles don't let politics get in the way.
* 87% of singles said they date outside of their political party.
In particular, being in the Tea Party may help you get a date—or ensure you don't.
* 27% of singles said they would date a member of the Tea Party.
* 51% of singles said they would consider dating a member of the Tea Party.
* 22% of singles said they would never date someone affiliated with the Tea Party.
Sarah Palin and Gavin Newsom are considered the most "dateable" U.S. politicians.
It goes without saying that a politician would never have an affair. Ahem. But hypothetically speaking, who's the most dateable politician?
* 32% of men selected Sarah Palin (R) as the most dateable female politician, followed by:
o Christine O'Donnell (R, DE) with 22%
o M. Teresa Ruiz (D, NJ) with 18%
o Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) with 6%
o Condoleezza Rice (D) with 5%
* 33% of women think Gavin Newsom (D, CA) is the most dateable male politician, followed by:
o Barack Obama (D) with 24%
o Scott Brown (R, MA) with 15%
o Arnold Schwarzenegger (R, CA) with 14%
o John Edwards (D, NC) with 5%
The Reagans and the Obamas get the most votes for solid relationships.
Singles voted on which first couples from the Carter administration forward have or had the best relationship.
* Overwhelmingly, men said Ronald and Nancy Reagan had the strongest marriage, while most women believe Barack and Michelle Obama have the strongest marriage.
* Men and women agreed on one thing – George H. and Barbara Bush captured the least number of votes for best marriage, fewer even than Bill and Hillary Clinton.
For single men and women, nothing trumps their concern about the economy.
* 50% of singles surveyed said that the economy and unemployment are the most important political issues this year.
* Healthcare trailed with 13% of the vote, followed by national security and education, which each received 7% of the vote.
The FreeHookup poll was conducted online in October 2010 and fielded 1,000 responses from singles in the United States who use FreeHookup. The breakdown of political affiliation when male-to-female input was factored one-to-one: 32% Democrats; 23% Republicans; 18% no party, 16% Independent, 5% Tea Party, 6% Libertarians and 2% Socialists. Of the respondents, 69% were male and 31% were female; survey results were normalized for gender so that male and female answers carried equal sway.
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