I have heard of some pretty batty reasons that have sent married couples to divorce court, but this is a first. A new study shows that couples are feuding over politics, and especially over President Trump’s policies.
As a conservative, I completely understand not dating, nor marrying, a liberal. I know for a fact that it won’t work out because I am not intolerant, and I do not want to marry someone with a mental disorder, such as liberalism, who thinks murdering babies is okay.
However, to get a divorce simply because you disagree over the president’s policies? That seems like a bit over the top, if you ask me. If that is the excuse you give for your divorce, then you probably have much deeper issues than simply disagreeing on policies such as government funding and building a wall.
Fox Business Insider reports:
New data from Wakefield Research, an Arlington, Virginia-based polling firm, one in 10 couples (married or unmarried) ended their relationships over political disagreements, with millennials parting ways at a particularly high rate of 22%.
“This study was conducted as part of Wakefield Research’s ongoing exploration of the trends driving conversations today in the U.S. and worldwide. Our research team regularly fields studies that examine how relationships are impacted by current events, so it was natural for us to ask about today’s political environment. We wanted to understand how, if at all, the current political environment was impacting romantic relationships,” Lisa Johnson Kiefer, managing director of Wakefield Research, tells FOX Business.
The survey, which was conducted nationwide with 1,000 participants from April 12 to April 18, also found that 22% of Americans know a couple whose marriage or relationship “has been negatively impacted specifically due to President Trump’s election.”
In fact, Wakefield says that 24% of Americans in a relationship or married report that since Trump was elected, “they and their partner have disagreed or argued about politics more than ever.”
New York-based divorce attorney Lois Brenner agrees with the study, saying she’s never seen so many couples fight over politics in her entire career.
Brenner stated, “In my 35 years of matrimonial practice, I have never seen so many couples split over a political disagreement as with the Trump election. The essence is: you must agree with me. Since I specialize in the psychology of divorce, this essence has its roots in narcissism, antisocial personality disorder and even obsessive compulsive disorder. I am frequently mediating these disputes between couples to help them draft a postnuptial or separation agreement.”
The research center says that one of the most common reasons for divorce is disputes over finances, which makes sense. However, over the last six months, there have been more than one in five people who have given the excuse of disagreeing over Trump as their reasoning for wanting divorce.