Aug 19, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Most college students won't marry someone who supported a different 2020 candidate

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Two-thirds of rising college sophomores aren't looking to marry someone who supports a different presidential candidate than they do, according to a poll by Generation Lab for NBC News.

The big picture: The survey found that politics has directly affected the life of the country's younger generation, impacting things like college dorm rooms and dating decisions.

Driving the news: 63% said they probably or definitely don't see themselves marrying someone who supported a presidential candidate other than the one they supported in the 2020 election (78% for Democrats and 51% for Republicans).

  • Across all income levels, the majority of people would probably/definitely not marry someone who supported the opposite 2020 candidate.
  • The same held true among white, Hispanic, Black and Asian college students in the survey.
  • The 2020 election would have been this group's first election with voting eligibility.

Worth noting: 53% in the survey said they would probably/definitely not go on a date with a person who supported the other candidate in 2020.

Go deeper: View the full poll (26 slides)

Methodology: The survey was conducted Aug. 12-17 from a sample of 1,077 rising college sophomores in the class of 2025.

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