Is Hillary Clinton losing by a percentage point, or up by four? Is this Trump-backing poll an outlier? What does the data say is going to happen today?! Who cares — there’s a new poll out that shows election season is hurting our sex lives.
We figure you’ve probably had enough of this election no matter what side you’re on. So this Election Day we’re bringing you all the weird things companies do political polling about. Of course it’s all in their own self-interest rather than the good of the country, but we kind of need this detox from real politics right now.
Case in point: a poll from pregnancy planning app Kindara. The company surveyed 928 American women about their political affiliations and sex lives during the campaign season, and the results show politics is kiiiind of a turn-off. It concludes…
- 67 percent of Republican (and 50 percent of Democratic) women would rather have sex than watch the presidential debates
- 45 percent of Republican (and 25 percent of Democratic) women are looking forward to sex more than voting on Election Day
- 19 percent of Democratic women report the election has hurt their sex lives, compared to 9 percent of Republican women…
- …and maybe it’s because 33 percent of Democratic women have a partner with a different politicial affiliation, compared to 16 percent of Republican women
- 4 percent of women surveyed said they would delay a pregnancy because of the election results and more than half of those were Democrats
On the bright side, one in five women reported good economic news tends to heat up their love life. Time for another stimulus package?
Who’s the boss?
CareerBuilder asked more than 3,000 full-time non-government workers which of the candidates Americans would rather work for. Forced to choose, 57 percent said Clinton, while 43 percent prefer Trump.
Women preferred Clinton 62 percent of the time, while men were evenly split. A slight majority (52 percent) of Caucasians surveyed preferred Trump, while a vast majority of African Americans (87 percent), Hispanics (79 percent) and Asians (78 percent) would rather work for Clinton.
Broken down by industry, Clinton won a majority of health care, retail, leisure and hospitality, IT, financial services, and transportation workers. The one industry Trump carried was manufacturing, 55 percent to 45 percent.
A poll from Novosbed.com, a memory foam mattress seller, shows we’ve been losing sleep over the election — but the problem fades away as more people make their decisions. Two weeks ago, 40 percent of Americans were struggling with election-related sleep problems, but now Novosbed reports just 24 percent are. “Sleep disturbance” is highest among undecided voters at 40 percent.
So everything will fix itself naturally as the election wraps up, right? No, apparently one in four Americans expects to lose more sleep if their candidate loses. Women and millennials were more likely to lose sleep over a loss.
The same poll, for whatever reason, also asked whether people plan to spend less on Black Friday because of the election. And those losing sleep were twice as likely to say they might spend less.
Sorry, no returns or exchanges
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found nearly 60 percent of Americans are not satisfied with the candidates for president and 62 percent said this election cycle has made them less proud of their country.
Relatedly, something called the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which uses “an economic model of buyer choice applied to voting behavior,” claims just 48 percent of Americans are satisfied with Clinton and 41 percent are satisfied with Trump. Clinton satisfaction is highest among millennials, while Trump’s is highest among baby boomers. No note of how many people just want to stick with last year’s model.
Meanwhile, car dealership platform Dealer.com reports that battleground states — the states most divided over who to pick for president in most election years — are a horrible place to sell cars. These states include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Here, shopping for cars is down 9 percent over a year ago, car dealership traffic is down 6 percent, and new car sales are down 2 percent.
Part of the reason? Advertising costs in battleground states are up 7 to 11 percent, in part because of campaigns buying up ad space.
On the bright side, a few more hours, and — barring any vote-counting nonsense in Florida — we can all get on with our lives. It’s almost over, and then we can get back to enjoying our time in bed.