Trump causing American breakups?
May 8, 2017 1 comment
Donald Trump could be to blame for a significant number of breakups in the United States since his election as President.
Newly published figures from survey firm Wakefield Research suggest that as many as one in ten couples have brought their relationship to an end after arguing about Trump. Among millennials, this number could be as high as 22 per cent.
Almost a quarter of those surveyed, 24 per cent, said they have “disagreed or argued about politics more than ever” since Trump’s election. The same was true of 42 per cent of millennial couples.
Even people who are not currently married to, or in a relationship with, someone who disagrees with them politically would now see it as a deal-breaker. A third – 33 per cent – said they would consider divorce if they were married to someone who voted for Trump. Once again this figure was higher among young adults as 43 per cent of them made this claim.
In their report, Wakefield Research said that the “political discourse in the US has been more tense and divisive than ever” since the 2016 Presidential election and now there was “evidence that this dissent is having a detrimental impact on Americans’ marriages and relationships”.
Family lawyers in the UK have warned of a similar pattern emerging here. In November, Resolution chair Nigel Shepherd claimed the organisation’s members had encountered couples who “fell out in a big way” because they were on opposite sides of the Brexit debate. He said that while this was not necessarily the sole reason for a marriage to breakdown, for many it could be seen as “the last straw” for incompatible couples.
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May 8, 2017