Last month, two colleagues and I swiped our way through Tinder, Hinge and Bumble looking for daters who made clear mention of politics or the 2016 presidential campaign. While we found some #NeverTrumps and photos with father-son Bush statues, the overall tone was apolitical.
Perhaps that’s because those dating apps have wide, general audiences. After all, as Match reported in its latest Singles in America survey, 79 percent of singles don’t have a problem dating someone of another political party. Only 6 percent of those in the 5,000-person survey said it was essential that their partner held the same political beliefs.
So here come two sites for liberals or anti-Trump Republicans in that 6 percent: Maple Match and Bernie Singles. Maple Match (motto: “Make dating great again”) is designed to find Canadian partners for Americans looking to flee a prospective President Trump. (The site hasn’t launched yet, but the Guardian reports that about 5,000 people have signed up to become members.)
“When this election came about and I started seeing Donald Trump and the rise of his candidacy, I started getting concerned, just like anybody else,” Joe Goldman, Maple Match’s founder, told the Guardian. “I thought it might be interesting to try something like this out.”
The early enthusiasm for Maple Match might not be all about politics. “This site shows that a lot of people are frustrated with the current dating options,” Goldman said. “A lot of Americans really want to meet Canadians. They’re looking for something new and something better.”
If you’re looking to stay a little closer to home and you’re feeling the Bern, there’s Bernie Singles, which aims to bring progressives together – and assures you that “yes, Bernie supporters exist outside of Facebook.”
Bernie bros and gals will need someone who understands them during a Clinton-Trump general election, right? Enter Bernie Singles. Unlike Maple Match, it’s already up and running.
In the gender, sexuality and relationship options, there are plenty of progressive choices. You can register as male, female, genderqueer or transgender – and as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer or asexual. Let’s not leave anyone out! You need not be single to join – you can register as married, too, or “prefer not to say” if you want to be really coy. Under hobbies, activism, appropriately, is the first option.
Bernie Singles looks like a cross between a bare-bones social network and a dating site. There are public groups you can join – for Sanders supporters who are atheists, environmentalists, “geeks” or identify as LGBT.
“We help connect progressives beyond social media to inspire chemistry among folks who share similar visions of the future,” Bernie Singles says on its homepage. “The 1% are not the only ones getting screwed this election season.”