Ah, science! Where would we be without studies that demonstrates that you can lose weight by eating more salt, that babies as young as 6 months old show racial bias, or that Islamic prayer can reduce lower back pain?
On Monday a new study was released whose findings will come as sobering news to Democrats. It turns out that Republicans are having sex more frequently and, moreover, they are less likely to cheat on their partner than Dems.
The study, conducted by the Institute of Family Studies, examined the sex lives of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. According to data gathered, Independents and Republicans are more likely than their Democrat peers to have sex at least once a week.
The lead author of the study is Nicholas H. Wolfinger of the University of Utah, who said:
This finding left me curious about how specific components of relational bliss might be affected by political leanings. The answer is surprising: Republicans have more sex than Democrats and cheat less on their spouses. Political independents have sex even more often than Republicans but cheat at the same rate Democrats do.
Wolfinger based his study on a question from the General Social Survey, asking respondents, “About how often did you have sex during the last 12 months?” Wolfinger found that Independents are 22% more likely to have weekly sex than Democrats, while Republicans are 11% more likely after controlling for age, sex, ethnicity, and year the survey was taken.
“The results show that independents and Republicans are, respectively, 22% and 11% more likely to have weekly sex compared to Democrats (in other words, independents have the most sex and Democrats have the least). The absolute differences in sexual frequency aren’t large — only a few percentage points — but they are large enough to be statistically significant,” Wolfinger explained.
The reason that Republicans have more sex than Democrats probably comes from their higher marriage rates, Wolfinger added.
He also found that Republicans are about 23% less likely to be unfaithful than Democrats. Independents and Democrats cheat at about the same rate, the study revealed. Somehow that doesn’t strike this author as all that surprising. It’s even somewhat ironic considering how often Democrats claim the moral high ground.
“Controlling only for survey year and basic demographic differences between respondents (age, sex, race/ethnicity), Republicans have 23% lower odds of cheating than do Democrats. The adultery gap between independents and Republicans is nearly as large,” Wolfinger said.
This report, by Amber Randall, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.