Published February 13, 2013
A majority of voters says it is important to choose a Valentine who shares their political views.
A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds 55 percent believe it is at least somewhat important to find someone who has the same ideology. Furthermore, 28 percent feel it is “very” important to do so, up from 21 percent who felt that way last year.
Forty-five percent say politics doesn’t matter in matters of love.
More women (59 percent) than men (50 percent) say it’s important their Valentine be on the same team -- be it red or blue.
Republicans (62 percent) are a bit more likely than Democrats (58 percent) to prioritize politics when choosing a partner. Not surprisingly, both groups of partisans are much more likely than independents (41 percent) to feel that way.
Nearly 7 out of 10 self-described "very conservative" voters think it’s important to consider politics in their love life, including 47 percent who say it is “very” important.
Voters with a college degree (59 percent) are more likely than those without a degree (52 percent) to think having the same ideology is important.
Those under the age of 45 (53 percent) and those ages 45+ (56 percent) are equally likely to think shared political leanings are a priority.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,010 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from February 4 to February 6. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.