“To put this figure into perspective, when asked to describe their body types, a higher proportion of daters (17 percent) voluntarily described themselves as either ‘heavyset,’ having ‘a few extra pounds,’ or ‘stocky,’ ” the study said.

Why would singles hesitate to reveal their political leanings? One reason is that politics is considered “a potentially controversial topic to discuss with a potential mate,” and thus a big turnoff, according to the article “Do bedroom eyes wear political glasses? The role of politics in human mate attraction.”

That holds especially true at the initial stage of the dating process, when singles are deciding whether or not to contact someone on a matchmaking website…

Other research has shown that some singles refuse to date across party lines. As a result, “signaling one’s political affiliation may remove half the dating pool.”