Tampa Bay matchmaker talks the ‘politics’ of dating

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — When choosing a partner for life, people can get picky with specific requirements on everything from height to hair color. And now, there appears to be a new box to check — and that’s on the same side of the ticket.

“I’ve had a lot of friends who go on first dates and they have opposite political views and they call it off right away,” said Monica Carper.

Certified matchmaker and relationship coach Dr. Nancy Wall tells News Channel 8 now more than ever, clients have been coming to her, laying down their own political deal breakers.

“We see it every year, now more than ever, because of all of the excitement that is going on around the debate and the election. People who are really passionate about it find they want to ensure that their partner, or potential partner, has similar values and beliefs,” said Dr. Wall.

The 2016 election has become such a dominant topic of conversation that campaign talk isn’t taboo anymore- even at the first date table.

“I think you have to nowadays. That’s all the news, that’s what everything is filled with. I think it would be more strange not to talk about politics,” said Dr. Wall.

But just because your ballots don’t match doesn’t mean you and your potential suitor aren’t the perfect match.

“It depends on how people communicate…it is great to have differing opinions whether it is about politics or anything else,” said Dr. Wall.

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