Contest: Can spouses influence each other’s political preference?

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Readers Comments On “Contest: Can spouses influence each other’s political preference?”

  1. Actually Wife husband relationship always make a good decision in every steps of life. But sometimes start convergence with personal mentality. Like news paper, News Channel watch or political topics discussion at office lunch or club, society etc make different mind both and both thinking self thoughts. Otherwise sometimes both try to giving priority in self thinks.

  2. As couple, we are so wrapped up in family matters, career, bringing up the kids and socializing that there’s any serious thought given to politics at home. We do talk about politics when we read something in the newspaper or watch in the news channel or when it is time to vote. I vote the candidate irrespective of his party, if he or she seems to be capable of. My husband does political analysis of the party the candidate belongs to before he votes.

  3. The answer is a resounding YES ! The keyword here is TRUST.
    Often in a political narrative, one is simply not sure if you can trust the opinion of the commentator.
    In a committed relationship like that with a spouse, however, one can put all prejudices and reservations aside, and actually focus on the CONTENT.
    I’m sure it won’t be too long before both people in a relationship start echoing similar opinions on MOST political matters !
    After all, couples usually share similar viewpoints on most societal issues – the foundation for any opinion on politics!

  4. Aakanksha Vohra

    Well it is not specifically about couples only but most of the people who live together tend to influence each other’s political preferences… When two people live together they are highly influenced by each other’s life, choices, opinions etc. and thus getting politically influenced isn’t a big deal at all…

  5. Deepika narayan

    Influencing each other’s political preferences depends upon what kind of relationship a couple shares.In some relationship a partner blindly follows the opinion of the other one whereas in some cases both the partners can be strong opiniated and can follow their own political preferences,.So in my opinion influencing or following both depends on what relationship you share with your partner.

  6. If both the partners are least politically inclined, or both of them have strong political affiliations, then I think the question does not arrise. In the first case, politics will not be part of their discussion; and in the second, it is very unlikely that one would be influenced by the other because politics is generally followed with the same vigour as romance, and people generally do not compromise. The question arrises if one of the partner is political and the other is apolitical: in that case, the former one might have the inclination to get spouse toe his line.

  7. Oh Yess. They seriously do. We have examples, in fact have seen political ideologies dominate similar way among couples even before they being spouses sometimes. It strengthens the bonding between two, but sometimes opposite ideologies do influence negatively in conjugal relationships.

  8. Ananya Mukherjee

    As they say ” Love is blind ” thus either of the spouse can definately influence any views including political preferences I think.When both are matured and have different choices then the smarter one will create the influence on the other. To keep the relationship balance both will agree to each other’s view.

  9. Manisha Chaudhury

    I dont think so.. especially when either spouse is fiercely independent and assertive. It is quite unlikely that a person who has grown up with a certain mindset will be so pliant as to be influenced by his/her spouse. A lot of factors shape our political outlook and one’s spouse cant influence that.

  10. Personality trait of partners decide if ‘default’ political preference of an individual could be influenced by the other. There can be persuasive negotiators and willing conformists as well as quiet yet stubborn individuals who might appear to listen but do his/her own thing. In general, if a spouse has an inferiority complex vis a vis the other in matters of intellect, he/she would have a greater chance of being influenced, and vice versa.

  11. Sreejana Chowdhury

    What I think, spouse means better half, partner, but it doesn’t really mean that they have so many similarities like thoughts, upbringings, or anything. But they can influence each other. Also nowadays, both husband and wife are working and also managing their personal lives. They are independent. But somehow it actually depends on their mentality. There can be some differences. So can’t say yes or no properly.

  12. Upal Chakraborty

    Influencing can manifest itself in two ways a. Through arguments or 2.What the psychoanalyst Erich Fromm has cited as a sadistic or masochistic tendency to hurt or dominate over others or submit to domination. In the latter instance either partner willingly submits to the opinions of the other in various matters. In such cases the oaryner is able to influence the other.

  13. Yes Of course,
    Two individuals when in love, be it an open relationship or Marriage share each and everything in detail and Politics is now a days a very Hot Topic. A person with relatively more knowledge and understanding will definitely influence the better half on this.
    I would say that, Me and my husband often have a healthy conflict on political party agendas, we seem to be totally opposite but secretly, I do get influenced, although I don’t admit it.
    At last I would say that, we should always keep our relationship on top priority, as that really matters the most.

  14. Shambo Adhikari

    There is also a political drama in between spouses, just like supporting any decision, influencing for any kind of event.
    So , they must influence each other for there political preferences, and make an understanding . If they cant do so, there is a chance of separation in all aspect of thinking.
    If they cant make a decision together about there ideology, they will not able to make decisions about there social life.
    In the present day, everybody is involved in social media, so there is high risk for a person to be influenced by other if his/ her spouse cant influence her/him. Chance s of adultery can increase by the way..

  15. shubhojit kumar ganguly

    Lets us start with the very idea of a relationship between a spouses. There is always a give and take as well as a compromise. So when it comes to political ideology it usually seen that there is a great amount of influence if the spouse is in active politics. Seldom have there been a case where the two are from different political ideologies. Next comes the domination factor. If either is very dominant then usually the weaker one tends to follow the dominants ideology without analysing the ideology. And finally in the context of Indian politics no party has an ideology. It is leader led and cowdung fed. So, the chances are the politics at home will follow the same rule.

  16. In a marriage, individual opinions often tend to become fluid as the spouses adapt, adjust and accept. One might often find himself/herself believing that the other’s view on a particular political party is correct. A healthy discussion around this can be fun and engaging and finally whether one influences or sticks to one’s stand, it just adds another layer to married life’s shenanigans!

  17. Hopefully I think I hv influenced to certain extent but need to see what she does while voting comes… Though my parents n brothers in law are strong supporters of BJP, I started hating them after all the fiasco tat they created after winning 2014 elections n it became quite intense after 8th Nov 2016 n then no turning back….????

  18. I believe in a way, spouse do effect your political views. That is because continues conversations, family connection or constantly expressing viewpoints for healthy discussion results into change in their views. Sometimes it also may be just to please the significant other.

  19. It all depends who can influence the other more and dominate with his/her preference.
    Certain regional political affiliations run strong in families. If the affiliation is towards a National Party, then chances are less as because there are only 2 National Parties in the true sense.
    With the millennia generation, obviously couples won’t be able to influence each other much as they believe in to each one his own.

  20. Depends.. Urban couples are mostly independent of each other’s influence.. Many do silently vote for the opposite party just to feel the independence ☺️.. While there is a common view that rural illierate women support the same party which is the favourite of their respective husbands.. But surprisingly I have observed that they maintain independent ideas and opinion.. They do keep information and form their own personal opinions.. But do not express out of fear..

  21. Being able to influence happens either due to charisma, or fear of not complying. In the case of spouses, it is not common to find both partners endorsing politics in their living room. The one that does not care might just play along or stay neutral.

  22. This is a tricky question but when two people in love living together, they will influence each other in every way. In case of political influence, it will definitely be affected only if the one partner gives the logical reasons without countering the other. Art of being logical and being able to convince are the key there

  23. Sobhan Kumar Roy

    Normally He does what She wants and She does what She wants. But on political preference it’s likely that none can influence on each other. They grew up in two different family and may be in two different states. As we know Political preference vary from state to state. Political preference of a person is primarily guided by the family, next as he grew up – friends/college/university. Attaining a matured age he/she gets permanently stuck to a Political Ideology which is likely not to change in years to come. Yes, in our Political Senator we find Politicians changes their political view to suit their personal interest. But a person who is sensible, educated & matured, normally do not follow that. To me it’s simply not possible for the spouses to influence each other’s political preference.

  24. Abhinandan Banerjee

    There is no clear yes or no to this as it depends on the nature of two individuals in question, the nature of the relationship itself as well as the nature of their politcs.

  25. Pradip Kumar Guha Thakurta

    There are four strata of society. Very rich, middle class, lower middle class and labour class. Very similar to Maslow’s law. Wherever a woman is literate and financially independent, influencing is very difficult. If we take this logic you can safely say that majority of upper class and middle class don’t influence each other. When I say majority it is about 80%. Lower middle class it is opposite. About 70% women get influenced by their husbands. And for the labour class it may be around 90% of get influenced by their husbands.

  26. In most cases they do. People voting the caste parties like RJD BSP SP … will vote on family/clan/caste lines

    For the rest who vote to further personal gains, the entire family votes for a party.

    For liberals, who look beyond personal gains and start valuing difference in opinion – the voting pattern changes

  27. Mita Chakraborty

    Yes and No. Yes, in case if one of the partners has very strong views and plays the dominant role in all political debates/discourse, the other partner may decide to listen with an open mind and follow the line, possibly get convinced in the process too. An absolute No, if both the partners have strong political views because such debates can surely impact personal equations.The only way to maintain peace at home in the latter case will be to stay away from all political discussions at all times.

  28. I think.. YES, they can influence each other. As a couple they are living together… They are sharing their views along with other materialistic things so its bit natural. At times we tend to see things according to other person’s point of view also as we are connected to them. And when we discuss topics openly we tend to follow the same path… But yes not always. I can say this as me and my husband often indulge in healthy discussions and quite often we influence each other ????

    1. Sumana Bhattachrjee

      Yes spouse can influence their partner because when they share their views they often want to impose their thought to their conjugal partner .So they can if they wish ,fair or unfair that is an another cup of tea .

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