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May 10, 2017

New Wakefield Research Study: The Trump Effect on American Relationships

Politics Couples Blog 5.10.17

Wakefield Research often explores the trends driving dialogue in the U.S. and around the world. As part of this, our research teams regularly field surveys to examine how current events impact our lives. The increasingly divided political discourse in the U.S. was the impetus behind a new survey we conducted to determine how, if at all, this environment – and political differences in general – have impacted Americans’ romantic relationships.

The results revealed that more than 1 in 10 Americans (11%) have ended a romantic relationship over political differences. This number jumps notably among the younger generation, with 22% of Millennials having broken up with someone over political differences.

When we explored the effect of the current political landscape, we found that more than 1 in 5 Americans (22%), including 35% of Millennials, know a couple whose marriage or relationship has been negatively impacted specifically due to President Trump’s election.

Members of the media can request the full results and submit questions to media@wakefieldresearch.com.

Methodological Notes:

The Trump Effect on American Relationships Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+, between April 12th and 18th, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older. The margin of error for the study was +/- 3.1 percentage points.

Note: Wakefield Research is an independent, nonpartisan research organization.