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Married with Children = more Republicans
Posted by: McQ on Friday, September 29, 2006

This is fascinating stuff (well, if you're a political junkie and don't have a life).

USA Today does a comparison of percent married in a district and which party represents the district.
• Republicans control 49 of the 50 districts with the highest rates of married people.

•Democrats represent all 50 districts that have the highest rates of adults who have never married.
The top 25 for Republicans see the range of those married from 61.9% to 66.1%. On the other end, the bottom 25 districts, all controlled by Dems have marriage rates ranging from 34.5% to 43.5%.

What's fascinating about this is rarely do you see such clean breaks in this sort of data.

But wait there's more. How about children?
Republican House members overwhelmingly come from districts that have high percentages of married people and lots of children, according to a USA TODAY analysis of 2005 Census Bureau data released last month.

GOP Congress members represent 39.2 million children younger than 18, about 7 million more than Democrats. Republicans average 7,000 more children per district.

Many Democrats represent areas that have many single people and relatively few children. Democratic districts that have large numbers of children tend to be predominantly Hispanic or, to a lesser extent, African-American.
Apparently the bottom line is "married with children" is good for Republicans and not-married and fewer children favors Democrats.

And you wonder why Republicans talk about family values and are against abortions. [/snark]
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Talk is cheap.
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You wouldn’t think so from that comment...
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You wouldn’t think so from that comment...
I don’t know what you mean. Just because one talks of values does not mean your family is not disfuctional or that you are more moral than any one else. Whenever I hear something like that study, I feel that Republicans would think if I vote Democratic; I don’t have a value system, was a single parent or somehow morally inferior to them. It is just a more sophisticated way of name calling. It pisses me off, so I can only complain where I have the ability to protest. A person like me does not ever get the chance to comfront these attitudes or statistics in the national media.
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So, in your view, it’s insulting to observe what exists?

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A 3 word comment stating "talk is cheap"...oh, never mind.
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It is if I called you stupid, because you responded to my comment.
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Talk may be cheap. The real issue would be whether words used for commenting are expensive.
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