Who Watches More Porn, Republicans Or Democrats?

According to this report that Buzzfeed complied, it appears to be pretty much even, although people in blue states apparently watch 13% more porn than people in red states.

Apparently there are still some parts of life where bipartisanship prevails.

 

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Comments

  1. Brett says:

    It’s drawn from Pornhub, a streaming site, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Republican figures are too low. You can’t really watch streaming internet porn without a good broadband connection, and the states at the bottom tend to either be heavily rural, comparatively poor, or both.

    No idea why Kansas is at the top, but maybe the Google Fiber helps – you can watch five porn videos at once!

  2. al-Ameda says:

    No idea why Kansas is at the top, but maybe the Google Fiber helps – you can watch five porn videos at once!

    Brownback Mountain.

  3. Gustopher says:

    Aside from the obvious need to correlate for broadband access — does YouTube or something else ubiquitous also publish stats? — this needs to be broken down to different categories of porn.

    Sure, people in Red and Blue states all watch porn, but do they watch the same porn?

    (Years ago, I wanted to somehow get Lesbian Wedding Porn made and distributed to the masses in the Red states. I figured that in a generation, attitudes on lesbian marriage would have changed, and that gay men would be able to get married just as a side effect of legalizing lesbian marriage. Never figured out how to make this happen, and now it seems like the culture change has happened on its own way faster than I would have guessed possible)

  4. wr says:

    @Gustopher: If I had to guess, I’d say blue states stream more porn, while the red states are still getting it on VHS.

  5. Tillman says:

    @Gustopher:

    Aside from the obvious need to correlate for broadband access — does YouTube or something else ubiquitous also publish stats? — this needs to be broken down to different categories of porn.

    Fairly certain I saw something about this. Actually, I think it was usage statistics from a different porn streaming site. They released the top three search items by state.

    Blue states and red states don’t differ too much in that category. There was one search term that made the top three in every state, as I recall.

  6. Grewgills says:
  7. Kari Q says:

    @wr:

    Oh now that’s not fair. Even red states have moved on to DVDs by now.

  8. Paul Hooson says:

    Many Republican politicians pander to far right social conservatives and support obscenity enforcement efforts such as under Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2, or support handing our tax dollars over as grants to organizations like Morality In Media, which for years obstructed financial accountability efforts by the Better Business Bureau to account for their spending or donations.. As a rule Democrat politicians tend to be a little better on civil liberties than Republican politicians who always want to kiss the ring fingers of social conservative groups. Romney, Santorum or others would have been a disaster for adult businesses. The first George Bush cost the adult industry imprisonment charges against many owners of adult businesses and theft of millions of dollars of their property which was forfeited to government for as little as two books or movies that were found obscene by a judge or jury under RICO. Postal inspectors and others in the Federal government shopped for a conservative community and ordered some books or movies that might violate local community standards so the government could levy huge fines, imprison business persons and forfeit their property to government. Romney would have been a disaster for many adult entertainment companies, and would have used his Mormon faith as an excuse to load the nation’s prisons with business people, artists, musicians, etc. who violated those unconstitutional obscenity laws. Romney stated his intent to use his justice department as a political sledgehammer to beat down the adult entertainment industry to a bloody pulp. The Obama Administration sent a filmmaker to prison for three years on obscenity charges just last year in a celebrated case in Los Angeles of all places, where the owner of Stolen Car films was put on trial over and over until his assets ran out to hire good lawyers and witnesses and he was finally convicted of obscenity after several trials.

    I own one of the largest strip clubs in Portland, OR, but even normally liberal politicians will hassle adult businesses with excessive police visits or using every possible fire code rule or permit rule to shut down an adult business, where you need to be prepared to spend thousands on lawyers if you want to operate. By Oregon’s constitution politicians cannot close adult businesses on the grounds of speech, so they use fire code or permit rules to close businesses or hassle them. In general, many politicians have little regard for the civil liberties of the citizens.

  9. Franklin says:

    Paul, I’m drinking right now so sorry if this comes out wrong, but you just got a hell of a lot more interesting. More interesting than some of your myriad Caption Contest entries, anyway.

    Good post, too. I always assumed Republicans were against porn because they were prudes and that Democrats were against porn because they were concerned about the women (and probably rightly so, considering the trafficking issues).

  10. Paul Hooson says:

    @Franklin: Thank you, Franklin. As much as I enjoy playing the fool sometimes telling corny jokes in caption contests, I’m actually a very serious defender of civil liberties as well as a champion of the rights of the adult entertainment industry and the right of consumers to enjoy adult entertainment without the undue encroachment of government. In our own way, adult business owners are very patriotic Americans. If we didn’t risk our freedom by testing the limits of what speech government allows, much political speech could be severely limited by law by now. We risk our freedom so that the public has the right to choose entertainment of their own choice and artists and filmmakers have more freedom of content to create scripts and plays and works of their own consciences. – At one point in American cinema, all films had to approved by The Catholic Church. But artists worked hard to resist this religious censorship and to assert the freedom to produce scripts, plays and films not subject to censorship by a religious police force. – Further some like Larry Flynt proved his love of this country by serving in two branches of service. He served both in the U.S. Amy until he was honorably discharged, and then joined the U.S. Navy, and became the lead radar man on the U.S.S. Enterprise, entrusted with bringing Astronaut John Glenn safely back to Earth after he became the first American to orbit the Earth. – Another friend of mine, who owned a longtime adult bookstore in Portland who won a major obscenity case back in the 1970’s in a Portland coutroom upon appeal , was a tank commander during The Battle Of The Bulge, and had killed many Germans in this important offensive to bring the war to an end, until a German cannon shell blew his turret apart and he lost both legs in the blast.