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Idaho near bottom on another list: Use of online porn (w/ photo)

No kidding. Idaho ranks next-to-last in per capita viewing of pornography according to Pornhub.com, ahead of only Arkansas.

In the last 12 months, Idaho had 80 page views per capita page on Pornhub, while Arkansas had 77.

The busiest porn watchers? They’re in Kansas, with 194 page views per capita, followed by Nevada at 166.

Pornhub bills itself as the “world’s biggest porn site” and conducted the study at the request of Buzzfeed, which posted their story “Who Watches More Porn: Republicans Or Democrats?” on Friday.

I learned of the report Tuesday in an email from Pornhub’s publicist, Mike Williams. “It turns out that no matter what brand of political master debaters the people of the United States subscribe to, a bipartisan love of porn is definitely evident,” Williams began.

Pornhub notes that Democratic states — those that voted for President Obama in 2012 — consumed 13 percent more porn than those in red states that voted for Mitt Romney, with blues at 137 page views per capita and reds at 121. The study also claims using porn consumption as a predictor would have correctly called nine of 12 swing states in 2012.

Idaho politicians, from Gov. Butch Otter to House Speaker Scott Bedke have expressed concern about Idaho ranking near the bottom for wages, household income and support for K-12 schools.

I’m not, however, going ask them what they make of the latest low placing.

But I can tell you that Idaho also ranks low in another recent Pornhub study: the percentage of their users who watch gay porn.

Idaho ranked 48th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia, with 2.83 percent of the Pornub views depicting homosexual conduct. Hawaii was No. 1, at 5.38 percent; Alaska was No. 51, at 2.58 percent, with North Dakota 49th and Montana 50th. (The gay porn study included D.C., the all-porn study excluded D.C.)

For the record, I suggest we pay more attention to our significant others and curtail our porn appetites. Arkansas and No. 50 is within reach with a little more lovin’.

Here’s the promised photo, with my new Arkansas Razorback hat that replaced the one I lost years ago. We’ve got you in our sights, hogs!


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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