Married Americans Keep Voting Republican. By Peyton Roth. The gender gap? No, the marriage gap is the largest gap in politics. Those with more of a stake in society and others tend to vote differently.
Marriage continues to shape U.S. elections. This past November, married Americans and communities with more married men and women were markedly more likely to vote Republican.
Our analyses uncover a critical relationship between marriage and voting. But they do not tell us which direction that relationship flows.
On the one hand, we know that marriage is simply a higher priority for people with a more conservative worldview. At the community level, it is possible that conservatives are more inclined to marry and more likely to settle in communities where most other adults are married, too.
On the other hand, marriage may push men and women to the right. For instance, married Americans tend to do better financially than unmarried Americans, so they may come to value lower taxes and require fewer government benefits than unmarried Americans.
No wonder calling gay unions “marriage” was so important to the left.