Q: Please list three tips for keeping conversations neutral when politics come up on a date?
A: To stay neutral, do this:
1) Respond with reflective statements that summarize what your date said. By doing this, they feel like you heard and understand them. This will bring any heated conversation down a notch or two.
2) Find out more about what your date’s political views mean to them. It’s usually about their experiences and not necessarily the political angle. They feel strongly about certain points because it has meaning to them, and finding out more is a great way to really get to know your date’s values and beliefs.
3) If you’re asked your opinion, use “I” and “me” statements – make it about you, your experiences and your viewpoints. This is a great way for your date to learn more about you and your core values. If you’re not comfortable giving your opinion, just say so. Anyone worth having contact with will respect your boundaries 😉
Q: Is it ever okay to discuss politics on a date?
A: Politics probably isn’t the sexiest topic to jump into early on when dating someone new; however, embrace it if it comes up. What better way to get to know someone than bringing up a hot topic like politics. If you’re interested in a potential long-term relationship with this person, then you’ll want to know about their political views at some point because it could be a deal breaker.
Q: How do you tell someone that you are on a date with that you don’t want to talk about politics?
A: Let your date know that you’re more interested in finding out about them, what they like to do, what motivates them, favorite things and more.