President Obama currently enjoys a 33% lead among single women, while Governor Romney has a 19% lead among married women. Those trends could be caused by the female ovulation cycle, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science by Kristina Durante of the University of Texas, San Antonio.

Durante says women “feel sexier” when ovulating. Single women become more liberal but women in a committed relationship become more conservative.

“I think they’re overcompensating for the increase of the hormones motivating them to have sex with other men,” she told CNN. “It’s a way of convincing themselves that they’re not the type to give in to such sexual urges.”

Susan Carroll, professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University, says women aren’t influenced by hormones any more than men but there’s a “long and troubling history of using women’s hormones as an excuse to exclude them from politics and other societal opportunities.”

“It was long thought that a woman shouldn’t be President of the U.S. because, God forbid, an international crisis might happen during her period!” she points out.

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