Background - DH and I met when I was 18 and he was 21. Neither of us cared much for politics but voted the way our parents did as that's all we knew. As we grew up together and our relationship solidified, we found ourselves thinking and feeling almost identically about a range of social/economic/political issues. Now 13 years on, I get much pleasure from talking to him about politics, because not only does he agree with me but he adds greater dimensions to how I see different issues but we are still in the same vein.
Because of this, I have often observed other long term successful relationships and considered how their relationship works around the issue of politics. From most of my observations either a) the couple are on the same end of the voting spectrum or b) one person cares deeply about politics and the other doesn't so much
I recently went out to dinner with a new friend who told me that her husband is at one end of the spectrum and she is at the other, but are both equally passionate about political issues. This completely bemused me because I really thought that you would essentially have very fundamental differences in how you see the world and that wouldn't make for a great relationship. She just said that they don't talk about politics much. But it got me thinking:
1) Do you and your partner both have a deep interest in politics, and if so do you vote the same way?
2) Could you be in a relationship with someone where you had very different views? (personally I absolutely couldn't. I have many friends who have polar opposite political views to me, but I don't have to live with them, make life decisions with them or raise children with them)
Thanks in advance, from my curious mind