Race, religion no longer important factors in dating, survey finds

WASHINGTON – Times are changing and the dating world is no exception.

A new online survey from Oxygen Media, released in conjunction of a new TV show called “Find Me a Man,” shows that religion and race aren’t important factions like they once were.

In total, of the 833 people surveyed by Research Now, 80 percent said it was acceptable if their partner practiced a different religion.

Ninety percent of African American and Hispanic women said race was not an important factor and 85 percent of white respondents agreed.

When it comes to sex, men were twice as likely as women to go on a second date after having sex on the first, 57 to 28 percent.

Sixty one percent look for dates in bars, although 53 percent did use online dating sites. When it comes to dating advice, most of those polled did not turn to friends. Fifty six percent say they turned to the Internet for dating advice.

Nearly 90 percent of women said the biggest turn off on a date would be body odor, while 68 percent of men said a mustache on a woman was a deal breaker.

Both men and women said honesty was the most important factor in a potential mate, although 33 percent of men admit lying on their online profiles, compared to 17 percent of women who admitted stretching the truth.

WTOP’s David Burd contributed to this report. Follow @DavidBurdWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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