I’ll give this to OK Cupid. Given an immense amount of data on the basics of human relationships, they’ve done the one thing I would never expect someone in that position to do: good, interesting work, with their OK Trends workshop. Query how much the results can be generalized from the (necessarily self-selected) sample set to the population at large, but I would imagine it holds up. From the latest set:
[Warning: if you’re reading at work, your firewall will probably block the link. OK Cupid subdomains are presumed to be dating sites, like the top domain. That presumption is false. Anyways, a quote, so you don’t have to browse:]
If you want to know: do my date and I have the same politics?
Ask him or her: do you prefer the people in your life to be simple or complex?
In each case [of sample issue-based questions], complexity-preferrers are 65-70% likely to give the Liberal answer. And those who prefer simplicity in others are 65-70% likely to give the Conservative one.
Presuming the analysis to be true, I imply no value judgment with this post. Some problems call for simple solutions; others, complicated ones. I tend to think that international problems call for simpler solutions than domestic problems, even if the problems themselves are equally complex, a breakdown that would reflect the general public’s preference for Republicans and Democrats in the two arenas. But that may be unfair. Then again, maybe I’m overthinking it? Typical liberal.