SeekingArrangement.com, a website that connects would-be sugar daddies with women who want to date them, asked its female users which of the two presidential candidates they'd rather have as a sugar daddy. To prevent duplicate answers, the site tied responses to usernames — each female user had to respond to the poll before logging in. More than 30,000 women did so, and Obama came out significantly ahead.
Thirty-four percent of respondents said they'd rather play sugar baby to the current president, compared with just under 12% who favored Romney. In a press release, SeekingArrangement CEO Brandon Wade said "most women say they chose Obama because he is more trustworthy, charismatic and sexy." He added that the President "is funny and is known to be a good dancer." Romney, on the other hand, might be too "vanilla" for sugar babies' tastes.
Showing admirable thoroughness, SeekingArrangement also broke its data down by state, and showed Obama leading in key swing states — he led Romney 38.3% to 9.5% in Pennsylvania, 31.5% to 12.0% in Florida, and 29.8% to 10.6% in Ohio. In Massachusetts, where Romney was governor, the margin was smaller — there Obama led just 32.8% to 20.2%.
The women on SeekingArrangement clearly aren't a nationally representative sample, and this poll says less about the coming election than it does about the preferences of one group of would-be sugar babies. According to Wade, they're quite discerning: “While many unfairly stereotype Sugar Babies as gold-diggers who would gladly accept any wealthy man as their Sugar Daddy, our survey shows the contrary." The most popular response to the Obama-or-Romney question, polling at nearly 43%, was "neither."