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Women Want Upper Class Men and Men Want Lower Class Women, Infidelity Survey

Update Date: Jul 10, 2013 01:24 PM EDT
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When it comes to having an affair, working class women want an upper class man, whereas men want a working class woman.

The new poll revealed that 67 percent of working class women surveyed described an upper class man as their dream date if they were to enter an extramarital fling. On the other hand, cheating men prefer working class women, with 83 percent of middle class male members of dating site AshleyMadison.com choosing to have affairs with working class women.

"This is a reflection of economic hard times as much as confirmation of traditional class stereotypes," said founder of the dating website Noel Biderman, according to the Daily Mail.

"The working class has been hit harder by the recession than any other sector of society. For women who are struggling financially - such as healthcare workers like many of our members - a fling with an upper class man represents glamour and escape, a holiday from daily life, perhaps an element of security," Biderman said.

The survey revealed that only 40.7 percent of middle class women on the site would like o have a fling with an upper class man, with 53.6 percent specifically preferring to stick to the middle class.

"Middle class women are more likely to be financially independent and better educated, their needs are different. They want intimacy and shared experience with an equal rather than to be swept off their feet, Jane Austen style," explained Biderman.

The poll revealed that an overwhelming majority of middle class male members of the dating site prefer a working class woman for a fling, with 83.1 percent looking to cheat with a working class woman.  The poll found that 51.8 percent of upper class men are looking for a middle class woman and 42.4 percent of upper class men want a working class woman for an affair.

"Despite the changing socio-economic landscape men across the board still want to be the Alpha partner in a relationship," said Biderman. "Men want someone to admire and look up to them, someone they can impress because fundamentally most men lack confidence."

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