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Survey: Presidential election has increased relationship discord

The number one source of discord among couples is money. However, politics is becoming an ever-increasing source of arguments and even break-ups according to a recent study. The 2016 presidential election was one of the most divisive in modern history, and the strong feelings that many people had last fall don't seem to have greatly dissipated.

A non-partisan polling company surveyed 1,000 people across the country. Nearly a quarter of the respondents said that "they and their partner have disagreed or argued about politics more than ever" since the election.

Even if the relationships of those surveyed hadn't been harmed by the last election, a number reported that they knew of others that had. Twenty-two percent overall said they knew of such a case. That number was higher (35 percent) among millennials.

Of course, arguments between spouses about political figures have likely been going on in American homes since George Washington's administration. However, as one Florida divorce attorney notes, "People are becoming more entrenched in their political opinions especially regarding the President. This is causing married couples to have completely adverse opinions that are so deeply rooted that they can't overcome them and are ending their marriages in divorce."

A serious fracture in a marriage caused by one political figure could likely be a symptom of more significant problems in the relationship. It could also be a sign of a couple who has very different beliefs and values. Either way, it may be wise to seek marital counseling to get to the root of the problem(s) before considering whether it's best for you to go your separate ways.

Source: Bravo, "*Guess Who* Is Still Wreaking Havoc On Relationships," Marianne Schaberg, May 16, 2017

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