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

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  1. 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..

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 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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