How Is Donald Trump Affecting Relationships? 17 Women On How Their Romantic Lives Have Changed Post-Election
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A lot has changed in the months since Donald Trump was sworn into office, both on a political level and a personal one. Bustle’s State of Our Unions series looks at how millennial women's relationships with their friends, family members, and romantic partners have been affected since the 2016 election. Today's topic: millennial women on how their romantic lives have changed.

Like it or not, some romantic relationships have been affected by Donald Trump. A recent study by Wakefield Research found that the "Trump Effect" is worse for millennials' romantic relationships versus other generations'. While more than 24 percent of Americans in a relationship or married reported having disagreements with their partner since Trump was elected, 42 percent of millennials can say the same. Plus, 35 percent of millennials said they know a couple whose marriage or relationship has been negatively impacted specifically due to Trump's election.

If you and your significant other have differing political views, easygoing conversation may quickly turn into a heated debate. "It's not an easy situation, but plenty of couples find satisfaction with their partners of different political views, and even have successful marriages," Grant Langston, CEO of eHarmony, tells Bustle. "It's important to agree on an approach for coping with this situation. In order to continue a loving and respectful relationship with your partner, you have to be open-minded to views that may be different from yours, in any situation."

And, Langston says, this is especially important when it comes to dealing with political differences. "Listen to where your partner is coming from, and express interest in learning about their rationale," he says. "And while this may seem the most difficult task of all, maintaining level-headedness throughout the conversation will allow each of you to equally express your thoughts and opinions on the topic. However, you should always feel free to bring your full range of emotions to the table — do mention how the election or inauguration in general, and how your partner's opinions, make you feel. The worst that could happen would be to agree to disagree, as long as you both value the relationship over these views."

I spoke to 17 millennial women on how their romantic relationships have changed since Trump was elected president. Whether they found comfort in a partner that felt the same as they did, or saw political differences as having opposing core values, these women's stories show that there's always something to be learned from a relationship that's affected by politics. Read on for millennial women's personal stories about how politics affected their romantic relationships.

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No matter how Trump is affecting your romantic relationship, or isn't, remember that there are ways to work around you and your partner's political differences.

"Establish off-limit terms," Langston says. "If you and your partner cannot maintain a reasonable, civil conversation around the topic of differing political views, it may be best to take a safe approach — declare the subject off-limits."

Hopefully, your romantic relationship won't be (too) clouded by Trump and politics. But if it is, you can find a way to fix it, whether that means agreeing to disagree or finding someone who shares your same values — political and otherwise.