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Republicans read Playboy?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, September 11th, 2006 at 10:34 am in polls.

Playboy magazine commissioned a poll to address what it called a common misconception that the majority of its readers are liberal Democrats.

Really? People think only Democrats read Playboy? Who knew?

Playboy surveyed 1,000 people. Half were drawn from a nationally representative sample of adults age 21 and older, while the other half came from its subscriber rolls.

The odd premise aside, the magazine’s “Playboy Voter” feature in this month’s edition outlined the following conclusions from its survey:

– 79 percent of those surveyed voted in the 2004 presidential election, 15 percentage points higher than the national average.

– 36 percent of its readers are Republicans compared to 25 percent Democrat, 25 percent independent and 14 percent other parties.

– 72 percent of Playboy readers favor stem cell research compared with 61 percent of the non-reader group sampled.

– Half of Playboy’s readers oppose a ban on gay marriage, double the number in the non-reader group.

This is the first of a two-part look at voting patterns of Playboy readers. The second segment will appear in its November edition, according to a release from the magazine.

Normally, here’s where I would provide a link to the magazine story but in this case, the link provided in the press release sends you to a subscription sign-up site and a large picture of a naked woman.

So, I’ll leave it up to you to navigate to the full poll lest I run afoul of anyone’s moral sensibilities or trigger site-blocking software.

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  • Roger

    See, there is a difference between what type of man reads playboy, and what type just looks at the pictures. I bet if you quized most of those who said they read Playboy about any of the articles in the magazine you would find a lot more democrats are the men who read Playboy while the GOP’ers would ask, “What articles?”

  • shingles

    14 % belong to “other parties”?!

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    The press release didn’t specify but I’m going to make an educated guess that it means members of minor parties, Green, etc.

  • Laura

    You mean they actually READ the magazine? Seems to me that reading is optional for Playboy.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    You may be right. Technically, the magazine’s pollster interviewed Playboy subscribers. And as you imply, the term “read” is open to interpretation.

  • shingles

    Or Drew Carey libertarians.

  • Kurt Peterson

    This makes perfect sense. Republicans are generally older and cling to traditions like pinup photography and looking at magazines instead of websites. Meanwhile as we all know, Democrats invented the internet to download anime fetish porn.

  • http://aliberaldose.blogspot.com Eric Smith

    The point is that Democrats tend to actually engage in sex rather than pretending to while looking at masturbatory fantasy pictures.