Assuming you don't already know their political or religious views, would you discuss politics or religion on a first date?
I wouldn't make it my priority, but since it is part of who they are I would like to know before things get too romantically entangled.
Yep, if she is democrat we are splitting the check.
If it came up naturally. I wouldn't force it though.
I'd discuss before the first date.
If it's going to last you need to be either in agreement or accepting.
It's not a topic I tend to raise, but it has come up on first dates before. In today's political climate, it seems everyone is talking politics.
Of course I would. The point is to get to know the person.
Too integral to who I am NOT to bring it up. If you can't handle my political and religious beliefs, there's no sense in either of us wasting time on a second date.
I highly doubt I would ever bring up politics on a date. I would consider it impolite.
I never discussed politics or religion with either of my first two husbands or with any of my lifelong friends. My husband and I now do discuss politics, but I'm not sure when in the relationship we began doing this.
I would let somebody know I believe in Jesus. Politically I'm all over the place.
I'm an atheist and a Republican. Statistically speaking, my date will probably disagree with me on at least one of the two.
I was in a similar position as a neopagan and a conservative. That could get uncomfortable!
Might as well rip off the bandaid. If it's wrong, it's just going to get wronger.
Can't argue with that.
Sure. First, I just find those topics interesting. Second, there are a lot of positions that I consider deal breakers. I would be polite, but if something is said that prevents a second date, that's probably for the best.
That's how I feel about gay rights. I'm for them. .
ZaQ, I agree with all of that, but I think I would wait for the second date.
That's a reasonable approach. I certainly wouldn't advocate treating a first date like a job interview. I'm just saying that I wouldn't ban the topics on principle. If the conversation moves in that direction organically, no problem.
I'll talk about anything.
I'd want to know some of that info before we went out.
Let's put our cards on the table up front. I don't want to waste my time with some rigid conservative.
this but with liberals
Both of you are such intolerant beings, i'm more liberal but I am always up to talk to Conservatives, you actually have more in common than you think.
no, trust me, there's a difference between tolerance and being able to handle being with someone every day for the rest of your life
Especially if they have dumb ideals
You can bet your hard earned dollar if I'm paying.
Inspired by a friend who refuses to discuss it on the first date, and then ends up realizing too late that he's been dating a lunatic.
Of course, id wanna know if hes boring or not. (Boring btw, would be the same.)
Yes! I'm not boring!
Boring would also be not wanting to talk about politics in general! But just because you have similar views to your partner doesn't mean you'll find each other boring. Especially in the activist branch of politics where you may hold rallies or protests, it'd be nice to discuss that with the other person without he/she zoning out.
I wouldn't shy away from it but I wouldn't be like "support Trump or pay for your own lobster".
Now, if it were crab, I would be fine it they weren't a trump supporter
Pro Tip - Hillary chicks eat raw steak.
I thought it was the souls of innocent children
Vote Trump...for the children.