News / Arts & Entertainment

Love Meets Politics on Dating Websites

Two new dating websites cater to singles on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Two new dating websites cater to singles on opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Faiza Elmasry
If similar political views bring people together on the campaign trail, why not in romance as well?

That’s the concept behind two new dating websites for people on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Redstatedate.com and bluestatedate.com are named after the colors on a political map which indicate whether residents of an area vote predominantly Republican or Democrat.

Political bedfellows

“In college, I was active in a young Republican group at USC on campus," says Ashlee Bell, 25, who graduated from the University of Southern California. "It was overwhelming because most of the people are liberals on campus.”

Bell says she talks about politics all the time, even when she’s on a date.

“People say, ‘OK, don’t talk about politics on your first date.’ Well, I want to know where they stand so I can decide if I want to go on a second date or not," she says. "There are many instances where I’ve met people and gone on dates with people that don’t agree with me politically. It really impacts how I feel about them.”

That’s why she was delighted to find redstatedate.com.

“What I like about this site is that it really hones in on your interest and how you feel about the world," Bell says. "Before I knew this one existed, I was surfing the other websites. I was just not happy with the quality of men that I was finding at all. Then when I came across this web site, I’ve had much better luck on this site than the other sites because it’s specialized, because it attracts a different breed of people.”

Political Matchmakers

Alex Fondrier, co-founder and chief executive officer of Political Matchmakers, conceived the idea for the site after experiencing difficulty meeting people who shared his passion for politics.

“Knowing how big the online dating industry is, but there wasn’t a site out there for politics," Fondrier says. "And given how heated we are as a country in terms of political discourse, I figured well, why wouldn’t there be a site for conservative and liberal politics?”

He launched redstatedate.com and bluestatedate.com in October 2012 and, so far, nearly 5,600 people have signed up.

“About half of our users are below 35 and half of them are above 35," Fondrier says. "We also see people who haven’t necessarily tried online dating before. They’re people holding the Romney posters or the Obama posters. They volunteered on other political campaigns. They’re the types of folks that just love talking politics.”

As on most dating web sites, users enter their educational information, where they live, and their interests, but they also answer questions about their views on a variety of social and economic issues.

“Not all conservatives and liberals fall under the same orientation," Fondrier says. "You might have a Republican from the Northeast, for instance, who is more economically conservative, but less socially conservative, or a southern Democrat who might be more socially conservative, but less economically conservative."

When people log in, they are offerred a three-part political assessment, including questions on the economy, foreign policy and social views.

"Then the system puts you on a political spectrum and shows you how conservative you and also your other matches are overall, or how liberal you are overall,” Fondrier says.

Finding your niche

The two websites are the latest additions to what experts call "niche" dating sites.

“They can range anywhere from sites for vegetarians, to sites for people that love their dogs," says online dating expert Julie Spira. "There is a site called Alikewise for people who are book lovers, where you can share your passion for the books that you like to read. [There are] sites that focus on religion. It could be jdate.com for Jewish singles or Christian Mingle for Christian singles.”

 But special interest websites are not for everyone.
 
“Some people believe that opposites attract and they like to meet someone that’s not a carbon copy of themselves," Spira says. "This way they have an opportunity to learn more about different things in life and different opinions. Other people like to find people that they really have a lot in common with.”

Getting real

No matter where they meet online, Spira says users should be clear about who they are and what they're looking for.

“My suggestion is be very authentic. Be very honest. Tell the truth about your age," Spira says. "And please take your relationship from online to offline during the first few weeks, if you live in the same city, because you don’t want to end up like a digital pen pal and fall for someone that you have no idea who they really are.”

That’s the next step for users of Political Matchmakers’ websites.

“Now we’re starting to have some in-person events," Fondrier says. "We’re having one in New York City next week, a pre-Valentine’s Day mixer. We hope to get to know our users and keep working on finding them a long-term relationship.”

Fondrier hopes redstatedate and bluestatedate will continue to grow and help the politically passionate find their perfect mates.

You May Like

Ukraine Purges Interior Ministry Leadership With Pro-Russian Ties

Interior Minister Avakov says 91 people 'in positions of leadership' have been fired, including 8 generals found to have links to past pro-Moscow governments More

US Airlines Point to Additional Problems of any Ebola Travel Ban

Airline officials note that even under travel ban, they may not be able to determine where passenger set out from, as there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone More

Nigerian President to Seek Another Term

Goodluck Jonathan has faced intense criticism for failing to stop Boko Haram militants More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: benjamin from: Nigeria
February 18, 2013 3:37 AM
The change in leadership comes when the appointed time has come, or you has a citizen of that state known that you have the political up bring to take the chances of opposing the order opponent as to become the President of your state. since the order person have been on that sit for many years without any further improvement that we please the people, then they must be a change of Government in such a States....


by: benjamin from: Nigeria
February 14, 2013 4:02 AM
As Cardinal Turkson have said earlier,election of a new Pope is not a political issue or game. it is a Church Obligation do that which is surpose to be done according to the Catholic Doctrine.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Beyond Category

At Washington’s Blues Alley jazz singer Jane Monheit and her quartet perform songs made famous by Judy Garland. Monheit sits down with "Beyond Category" host Eric Felten to talk about her music, the singers who influence her, and her life traveling with family on tour.