Study: Conservatives Biggest Consumers Of Porn


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The ones who try and make you think they live like Laura Ingalls Wilder actually may have a credit card history that proves they are more into Mapplethorpe than into Almanzo.

We all know those conservatives types that write letters about how “we just love living in the country and hearing the birds while gardening and being with family.  We find the gays just the biggest problem in the nation.  We voted Republican, and were pleased to have a McCain lawn sign showing how proud we are to be God-fearin’ folks.” 

And scene.

Later after the loved ones are tucked in bed and the birds asleep in the trees the conservatives crank up the porn, and now there is a study to prove it.

States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement “I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage,” bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed. A similar difference emerged for the statement “AIDS might be God’s punishment for immoral sexual behaviour.”

After controlling for differences in broadband internet access between states – online porn tends to be a bandwidth hog – and adjusting for population, he found a relatively small difference between states with the most adult purchases and those with the fewest.

The biggest consumer, Utah, averaged 5.47 adult content subscriptions per 1000 home broadband users; Montana bought the least with 1.92 per 1000. “The differences here are not so stark,” Edelman says.

Number 10 on the list was West Virginia at 2.94 subscriptions per 1000, while number 41, Michigan, averaged 2.32.

Eight of the top 10 pornography consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year’s presidential election – Florida and Hawaii were the exceptions. While six out of the lowest 10 favoured Barack Obama.

Church-goers bought less online porn on Sundays – a 1% increase in a postal code’s religious attendance was associated with a 0.1% drop in subscriptions that day. However, expenditures on other days of the week brought them in line with the rest of the country, Edelman finds.

Residents of 27 states that passed laws banning gay marriages boasted 11% more porn subscribers than states that don’t explicitly restrict gay marriage.

To get a better handle on other associations between social attitudes and pornography consumption, Edelman melded his data with a previous study on public attitudes toward religion.

One thought on “Study: Conservatives Biggest Consumers Of Porn

  1. Al

    This seems to be a misleading headline–the actual story seems to say that conservatives merely buy porn at the same rate as the national average. So if “red states” are bigger consumers than the national average, that would seem to indicate that it’s the minority of liberals in those red states who are buying more of it.

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