The Politics Of Fertility

Nov 26 2012 @ 8:09am

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Lauren Sandler unpacks them:

Stunningly, the postponement of marriage and parenting — the factors that shrink the birth rate — is the very best predictor of a person’s politics in the United States, over even income and education levels, a Belgian demographer named Ron Lesthaeghe has discovered. Larger family size in America correlates to early marriage and childbirth, lower women’s employment, and opposition to gay rights — all social factors that lead voters to see red.

Amanda Marcotte adds two cents.

(Map: Fertility rates: CDC, "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011" (pdf))