|Researchers found that only 14% of users on a popular dating site listed politics as one of their interests. (Shutterstock)
Online daters would rather admit they're overweight than admit whether they're politically liberal or conservative, according to a new study.
"We were interested to see how people seeking a mate end up with people who share their political values," said study co-author Rose McDermott, a political scientist at Rhode Island's Brown University.
Researchers looked at a random sample of 2,944 profiles from a popular dating website. They found that only 14% listed politics as one of their interests; it ranked 23rd on a list of 27. Of those, the majority (57%) didn't state a definitive political preference and reported that their politics were "middle of the road."
Meanwhile, 17% of singles voluntarily described themselves as either "heavyset," having "a few extra pounds" or "stocky."
The researchers said they were surprised by the findings because previous studies show that shared political views is one of the most common traits among couples -- second only to shared religious affiliation.
"At some point in the dating process, we somehow filter out people who do not share our political preferences," said study co-author Casey A. Klofstad, of the University of Miami.