Race No Biggie on Dating Scene, but Girls, Nix the Mustache: Poll

Reuters, April 9, 2013

Race and religion no longer seem to be an issue when it comes to dating, but body odor and a mustache on a woman are likely to be deal breakers, according to a poll on the singles scene released on Tuesday.

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The poll, released by Oxygen Media in conjunction with Tuesday’s premiere of the cable TV channel’s series “Find Me My Man,” also found that men are twice as likely as women (57 percent vs. 28 percent) to say they would go on a second date after having sex on a first date.

But the biggest finding was the 90 percent of Latino and African-American women, and 85 percent of white respondents who said they were OK with having a future partner of a different race than their own.

On the question of religion, 80 percent of the 833 people questioned in the poll conducted by Research Now, said they would be fine with a future partner practicing a different religion than their own.

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The poll, conducted online between March 26 and April 2, found that 61 percent of singles look for their future mates in bars.

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