Are you married?

Al Mohler has some interesting stats from USA Today on marital status determining your politics.

"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 political tug-of-war is between people who are married and those who have never been."

See here for more. He also notes correctly that the value of tuning in to politics is that it reveals cultural values.

Good Chesterton quote on the family in there, too.


  1. Although I truly believe the two political parties are basically on the same train, with the Republicans telling the Democrats "Slow down! You're going too fast!" there are significant differences between the people who VOTE Republican and Democrat.

    I think this statistic is a narrow slice of a broader distinction: between those who understand and embrace the concepts of loyalty and responsibility, and those who value independance and self-gratification.

  2. At best statics are tools of manipulation. (At worst they lie) Example -- Blue states have lower divorce rates and playboy subscription rates than red state -- obviously democrats are more moral than republicans.

    Mohler seems to imply that being single is just as immoral as sleeping around, being gay, or being divorced. Not a pretty assumption.

  3. I disagree. At best (when used properly) statistics allow us to make valid generalizations from limited data. Obviously, statistics need to be used carefully, but I believe my generalization was an easy, valid generalization to make.