While conservatives hold more negative views toward pornography, same-sex relationships, and premarital sex, do more traditional views about sexuality influence Republicans’ actual behavior?
New research, based on a data breach by the adultery website, Ashley Madison, reveals that Democrats are least likely to use Ashley Madison while Libertarians were the most likely to do so. Republicans and other voting groups (Independents, and Greens) fell somewhere in-between.
The researchers note that it is possible “that many people endorse conservative sexual attitudes strategically, rather than out of earnest belief.” It’s very similar to research showing that homophobic men tend to be turned on by gay-male pornography.
Sometimes people doth protest too much.
Arfer, K. B., & Jones, J. J. (2018). American political-party affiliation as a predictor of usage of an adultery website. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-9. Link to research.
Adams, H. E., Wright, L. W., & Lohr, B. A. (1996). Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105(3), 440-445.