U.S. singles say no excuse for candidates' infidelity: study

Thu Feb 2, 2012 6:31pm EST
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidates might want to pay attention to singles who say they have higher expectations of sexual fidelity for politicians than they do for their own partners, according to a new poll.

Although nearly 70 percent of people questioned in the online survey commissioned by the dating website Match.com said fidelity was compulsory in a relationship, about 90 percent said there were "no acceptable excuses" for infidelity in a political candidate.

"People do want their partners to be sexually faithful, but even more they want their president to be a sexually faithful person, perhaps because they see the presidential family as their own life, writ large," said Dr. Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor for Match.com.

"Perhaps it speaks to peoples' view of a leadership role in the world, a feeling that these people (politicians) represent them, and in some respects reflect their personal image, their own image in the world."

The poll of 5,000 singles across the United States also found wide variations in singles' romantic and sexual lives, depending on their political leanings.

Nearly 55 percent of conservative Republicans questioned in the poll reported having orgasms during sex, compared to 40 percent of liberal Democrats, although the conservatives also said they had less sex during the past year.

The differences between political affiliations, which were more marked than those between men and women or straight and gay singles, extended to what traits were sought in potential mates.

Liberal Democrats value humor, a similar lifestyle and a person who is independent and an equal. Republicans look for someone from the same background and political party who is interested in marriage.   Continued...

<p>Republican presidential candidates (L-R) former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and U.S Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) stand for the national anthem before the Republican presidential candidates debate in Jacksonville, Florida January 26, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>