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Search­ing for a soul mate? You could find them at a polling booth or po­lit­i­cal rally, new re­search re­veals.

An Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence study had 146 par­tic­i­pants rate the body odour at­trac­tive­ness of un­seen peo­ple with strong po­lit­i­cal opin­ions.

“Peo­ple couldn’t pre­dict the po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy of oth­ers by smell, but they dif­fer­en­tially found the smell of those who aligned with them more at­trac­tive,” lead au­thor Dr Rose McDer­mott says, adding that “smell con­veys im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about long-term affin­ity in po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy that be­comes in­cor­po­rated into a key com­po­nent of sub­con­scious at­trac­tion”.

The re­searchers said this could ex­plain why many cou­ples share sim­i­lar po­lit­i­cal views – be­cause they were ini­tially and sub­con­sciously at­tracted to each other’s body odour.

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