The presidential election isn’t just making dinner table conversations more awkward, it’s also ruining some people’s sex lives, especially those who lean Democrat.
According to a recent survey conducted by Kindara, a company whose namesake app helps track women’s fertility cycle, stress from the election is affecting sex drive. In a blog post published this week, the company detailed the findings from their informal poll of 928 Kindara users. Among the tidbits: 19 percent of female Democrats admitted the long campaign has hampered their sex life, compared to 9 percent of Republicans. Meanwhile only 4 percent said that they would delay a pregnancy depending on who wins the election, and of those 56 percent were identified as a Democrat, compared to only 18 percent of Republicans. Even the mere prospect of Election Day is more of a turnoff for Democrat women —45 percent of Republicans said they were more looking forward to sex than voting that day, compared to 25 percent of Democrats.
To be clear, Kindara’s findings should be taken with a grain of salt. The informal poll’s sample was highly selective — Kindara users willing to take a poll — and there’s no way to quantify if and how these results might apply to a general population. That said, there has been numerous anecdotes of people having so-called election anxiety. And anxiety and stress in turn are well-known to wreak havoc with a fulfilling sex life.
As with the above results, it seems the majority of people are stressed out by the prospect of Donald Trump becoming president.
“It’s really pervasive, and it’s really come into the treatment room,” said NYC-based psychotherapist Kimberly Grocher of her experiences in treating patients with Trump-related anxiety in an interview with Slate earlier this September. “Usually it’s combined with other anxiety triggers that [clients] may be having, and it can cause sleeplessness, restlessness, feeling powerless. It can lead to feelings of depression.”
Elsewhere, a preliminary report from the American Psychological Association found that 52 percent of Americans felt that the election has been “a very or somewhat significant” source of stress for them this year. Unlike the Kindara poll, they found that this stress was being felt on both sides of the political aisle at about the same rate. Women, however, were more likely to feel stressed out than men, while millennials and baby boomers alike were among the most impacted age groups.
In any case, about the only good news to say about all this is that it’s only two days more until Election Day, and then women can return to their normal level of everyday stress.