The current political climate is…let’s go with tempestuous. If I were a weatherman, I’d call it a complete shitstorm. And relationships are suffering as a result.
According to survey data of 1,000 Americans collected by Wakefield Research in April, as many as one in 10 Americans have ended their relationships over political differences. For millennials, who relationship expert Susan Winter tells Bustle are especially affected because they’re “idealists who’re committed to changing the world to become a better place for all,” that figure is 22 percent.
When it comes to Donald Trump’s impact on couples specifically, nearly one in three Americans have said arguments over Trump has had a “negative impact” on their relationship.
What’s more, a quarter of coupled citizens and almost half of millennials have claimed spats over Trump are present “now more than ever.” So it makes sense that 22 percent of Americans know a couple that has been negatively impacted by Trump’s presidency directly.
In fact, things have gotten so bad that two in 10 couples believe Trump is more stressful to their relationship than finances, a factor which was once deemed the biggest source of relationship stress.
Researchers went as far as to ask couples who don’t support Trump how they’d feel if they married someone who did vote for the reality star; one-third of them (and 43 percent of millennials) would consider divorce.
Lawyers are noticing the trend as well. Grant T. Moher, managing partner of Curran Moher Weis, said that political divisions, as common as they are, have “never” become so bad that divorce was considered. “But,” he interjected, “In the wake of the whole Trump phenomenon, people have gotten to the point of divorce over political divisions.”
As the *Washington Examiner *reports, Moher recalls one client, a Muslim immigrant, who was married to a Caucasion women for two decades. Neither considered themselves especially political until Trump’s presidency, in which the client’s wife had developed an affinity for the Republican candidate. As a result of her newly developed political leaning, she began to question her husband’s Muslim background—after 20 years. “She was questioning his patriotism,” Moher asserted. “It was a huge rift in their marriage.”
Moher mentions that “the Trump effect” is a big topic in divorce courts today and notes that Trump’s presidency has also driven many couples to seek marrital counselling. “Yes, this is an issue,” he said of the consequences. “You’re either with him or against him.”