Interesting – now ask the other question

Democrats are less inclined than Republicans to cheat on their spouses, according to researchers who matched voter records to accounts hacked from a US website that specialises in extramarital affairs.

The study of 80,000 voters in five US states found that Democrats used the Ashley Madison adultery website substantially less than Republicans, Libertarians, Greens and unaffiliated voters. Libertarians consistently ranked as the site’s most frequent clients.

The results highlight an apparent paradox where those with more conservative views and supposedly stricter attitudes towards sex seem happier to hop into bed with someone outside their relationship than more liberal types.

So, now, who divorces more often? Or, perhaps, is more likely to do so? For in one view we could argue that both adultery and divorce are reactions to monogamy…….

14 thoughts on “Interesting – now ask the other question”

  1. Just meaningless numbers, correlation is not causation, to quote John Brignell. You may as well link adultery to hair colour or shoe size.

  2. Would have thought the opposite had just been shown. Republicans have less success cheating on their partners & need to resort to a website.

  3. The Unused Testicle

    Sounds like it was a survey along the lines of the one used by PHE to reduce the safe drinking guidelines.

  4. Incidentally, this is another example from the arts graduates who staff the media of everything in the world being “on-line”. Whereas in the real world inhabited by everybody else, enormous numbers of all ages, backgrounds, education & income levels rarely do much or anything “on-line”. They live in the real – non-electronic – world, meeting people face-to-face & talking to them without the intermediation of the interweb. And will continue to do so for a very long time.

  5. Philip Scott Thomas

    Libertarians … those with more conservative views and supposedly stricter attitudes towards sex

    Bullshit. Does this clown even know what a libertarian is?

  6. Democrats are less inclined than Republicans to use the Ashley Madison website. Causing the writer to come to the sweeping conclusion that Democrats are less inclined than Republicans to cheat on their spouse.

    Cos Democrats are better people.

    Had Democrats used the site more, would we have ever seen this story?

    Democrats are more likely to use a fake name on Ashley Madison, being inherently more deceptive and dishonest. Democrats are more likely to cheat Ashley Madison.

  7. Had Democrats used the site more, would we have ever seen this story?

    No.

    Incidentally, does anyone remember that hilarious fuck up from a few years ago when similar ‘science’ proved that right wingers were nasty, selfish and evil…except the authors had used some control variable exactly the wrong way and in fact the numbers were reversed…at which point it all sank without trace.

  8. Tim

    on TRUK Murphy becoming ever more frantic. interestingly he is concerned now about the savings ratio – this is the man who wanted to abolish the ISA allowance and all tax breaks for pensions. Woe is he for he foretells coming doom…..

    ‘The people of this country are at their limits. As I have already noted this week, despite supposed record numbers of people in work real and notional incomes are falling, which is not what economic theory says should happen in that situation.

    And, to make matters worse, the UK population are saving less than they ever have. This data on the so-called savings ratio is from the ONS:

    The reality is that people simply do not have enough left over to save. Margins have been cut to the bone. And a decline at the rate now being seen is quite extraordinary.

    And this is before Brexit destroys jobs, cuts government cash flows, and increases prices because of additional costs, even if there are no additional tariffs or shortages.’

  9. Democrats are more likely to have stolen property. They freely admit possessing stolen records from Ashley Madison, but if they can spin it into a ding on Republicans, they casually confess the felony.

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