Midterm elections are fast approaching and Zoosk wanted to know what single Americans think of the current state of political affairs. We randomly surveyed 1,000 singles on a series of questions about politics and love. The findings are revealed in greater depth in the ZooskTV news video above, and you can read the summary below, or via the Huffington Post where our story was picked up. Without further ado:
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 Zoosk poll was conducted online in October 2010 and fielded 1,000 responses from singles in the United States who use Zoosk. 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.