How Many Marriages End After Political Climate Change Disputes?

Couples who were married 50, 40, or even 30 years ago might not have expected how controversial some topics were destined to become. Certainly, they might not have expected factors like Donald Trump and the erosion of Democratic norms — or man-made climate change and political blockades preventing us from doing anything about it because half the country’s citizens don’t believe it’s actually happening. 

How many marriages have ended due to these disputes?

Researchers have continued to make surprising finds. Some believe in a rise in violence worldwide in proportion to rising temperatures, much the same way as crime spikes in the summer months of the year. Others believe that climate change has resulted in more violence — specifically aimed at women and children. Equally alarming is another trend: couples are divorcing at much older ages than they once did.

When politics are so divisive, they impact relationship stability — and that trend extends toward the institution of marriage, which can’t always hold up under the tremendous pressure of these outside forces. Perhaps the biggest factor of all? “The Trump Effect.”

73-Year-Old Gayle McCormick divorced her husband after more than two decades of marriage because he voted for Trump, dismissing it as a “deal-breaker.”

She isn’t the only one! A December 2016 poll found that 16 percent of 6,000 people polled stopped communicating with friends of family as a result of differences of opinion regarding the election. Around the same number of people blocked friends or family on social media. And that was six years ago. If anything 2020 was far more divisive.

Wakefield Research found that more than one in five millennials ended a relationship because of political climate change. That number contrasts with one in ten Americans in any age bracket. But keep in mind, most millennials are in their 30s. They’re older, even if most people don’t see them that way yet. They have strong, ingrained beliefs about topics like climate change or economics.

Almost one in ten marriages are “politically mixed,” with at least one Republican and one Democrat. An additional 19 percent include either one Republican/Democrat and an Independent. 70 percent of all marriages in the United States are between spouses with the same political affiliation (although these people can still have political differences of opinion, too, of course). That means nearly 1/3 of all marriages in the United States are under political pressure.

What should be obvious is that the more divisive the political figure, the more divisive the politics become. Trump speaks about immigrants as if they’re all criminals when factually that isn’t the case. Democrats will never approve.

Thinking about divorce? You should go now. The number of divorce cases rose during the first few months of the year, but the wave has receded somewhat due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus causing a sudden surge in cases. Much of the work can be done at home or without the help of a lawyer. But should disputes arise, you can still discuss divorce proceedings with a lawyer from the comfort of your own home.