Survey: Republicans Love '1984,' Democrats Favor 'The Great Gatsby'

Dating website finds Republicans and Democrats have divergent reading interests, but agree on sports.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "The Great Gatsby."

New data from a pair of partisan dating websites suggests Republicans and Democrats diverge sharply when it comes to their book, movie and TV show tastes, but that there is one thing we can all agree on: sports.

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Users of RedStateDate, a dating site for young Republicans, and BlueStateDate, the sister site for young Democrats, both named football and baseball as their top two favorite sports, followed closely by basketball, soccer and hockey.

But that's where the shared interests end.

When it comes to books, Republicans' favorite read is The Bible, followed by literature that encourages small or even anti-government sentiments, including Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead," as well as George Orwell's "1984," sales of which are up 69 percent on Amazon this week in the wake of revelations about National Security Agency surveillance of American citizens.

Democrats, meanwhile, appear to enjoy more fanciful reading, putting the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series at their top of their list, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," whose movie version is packing theaters this month.

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The movies favored by Republicans and Democrats do have some crossover, with respondents on both sides of the aisle saying they liked crowd-pleasing films like "Star Wars" and "The Godfather." But Republicans were more likely to watch films that featured a male hero, such as "Braveheart," "Gladiator" and "Indiana Jones," while Democrats preferred more romantic comedies, such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Princess Bride," and "Love Actually."

The survey of the more than 7000 users of the two sites also asked users' favorite and least favorite political personalities. Democrats put President Barack Obama as the leader they liked most, while Republicans said he was the political figure they liked least.

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