Unfortunately, most people who aren’t disabled have a hard time accepting disabilities in their loved ones. This was brought up by a poll, conducted by Meetville.com (dating app to find the right person) in the period from 6/23/14 to 9/8/14.
People were asked: “Would you date someone who is disabled?” The results indicated that 54% would dismiss a disabled person. Yet, 46% admitted disability is not a barrier for them.
The story of Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs, has inspired millions of young people all over the world. His wife Kanae Miyahara tells: “To me it wasn’t any different falling in love with Nick. Because I had dated other guys and I had gone for the physical, I was tired of that, and the moment I met Nick I was looking for other things, and all those things I found in him. So that’s when I felt like wow, he’s not only boyfriend material, but he could be my husband.”
50,921 people responded. Most of the participants were from the USA – 49%, yet, the topic also drew the attention of our followers in other countries: Canada – 4%, Britain – 12%, Australia – 7% and other countries – 28%.
Alex Cusper, Meetville service analyst, explains that “Disabled people are treated differently from culture to culture. Although dating a person with disability is a hard choice, these people are no more ignored by the public worldwide.”
Meetville, a leading mobile dating service, regularly conducts research among its users. Millions of people from the U.S., Canada, Britain and Australia answer hundreds of questions every month. You can find the results of the poll here. If you are interested in research on a particular topic, please contact us. Any reprint of the material should be followed by clickable links to the survey.