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Posted 4:27 pm
November 3, 2012

The Ins & Outs: Blurring the lines between sex and politics

It’s election time and that sexy conservative — or liberal — on the opposite side of the campaign has caught your attention. Forget ballots and policies and arm yourself with the perfect insider information to guarantee a hookup — and maybe even more.

Republicans and Democrats have very specific qualifications they look for in their partners, according to the second annual Singles in America survey published by Match.com. The survey, which asked the habits and opinions of more than 5,000 single Americans over the age of 21, boiled down exactly what singles are looking for in a match based on political affiliation.

Turns out conservative men find conservatively dressed, career-driven people to be turn ons, but a potential mate with too many male friends is a major turn off. Liberal men — the most likely to have sex on the first date — find opinionated dates to be the biggest turn on, the survey said.

A separate study by psychology researchers at UCLA found that female GOP politicians of the 111th U.S. House of Representatives look more stereotypically feminine than their Democratic counterparts.

Republican men, on the other hand, were found to look less masculine than their Democratic counterparts. But researchers say the findings are very telling about each party’s political priorities when it comes to physical appearance.

“The Democratic Party is associated with social liberal policies that aim to diminish gender disparities, whereas the Republican Party is associated with socially conservative policy issues that tend to bolster traditional sex roles,” Kerri Johnson, the study’s senior author and assistant professor of communication studies and psychology, said in a UCLA news release.

These beliefs seem to translate into what each side seeks in relationships. Match.com found that Republicans tend to be in the market for a fiscally like-minded partner seeking marriage with the same values. They also prefer someone of the same religion, ethnic background and political affiliation who is close with his or her family.

But Democrats are looking for respectful, humorous partners who are comfortable with their sexuality. They’re also seeking physically attractive other halves who are comfortable with communicating, have a sense of independence and a similar level of education.

Match.com also discovered that married conservative Republicans tend to be the most satisfied with their sex lives. Fifty-three percent of conservative republicans said they reached orgasm every time they had sex compared to 40 percent of liberal Democrats.

You might be thinking that it’s impossible to find your better half on the other side of the political spectrum, but it definitely is not. There are plenty of instances where love and lust can overcome party lines.

Most famous for this are political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin. He was a senior adviser to former President Bill Clinton. She was adviser to former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush. They’ve been happily married since 1993.

Now go snag yourself a sexy political counterpart.