Studies consistently prove that marriage has many benefits. Children fare better in intact homes. Poverty rates for single-mother families are up to six times higher. Married men are happier.
So why would anyone want to weaken the institution of marriage? Why glorify unwed mothers? Why promote gender-segregation in marriage? Why cripple the successful welfare reform?
Because single Americans are more likely to vote for Democrats, while married people more often vote Republican.
John Zogby reports on Forbes:
Pollsters began to talk seriously about a gender gap in national elections in 1988 and, at times, the differences in voting and issues emphasis between men and women has often been striking. What doesn’t receive enough attention, however, is the even more dramatic “marriage gap” – how married voters and single voters see their world so differently. In an analysis provide by my colleagues at Gallup after the 2008 election, all married voters supported Senator John McCain over his Senate counterpart Barack Obama by a 12 point margin – 56% to 44%. Single voters favored Obama overwhelmingly by 30 points – 65% to 35%.
This “marriage gap” in voter preferences explains why Democrats have a conflict of interest when it comes to strengthening marriage.
Look at the Democrats’ dream voter: Julia, a single mother, recipient of government handouts from the time she enters a Head Start program as a toddler to age 67 when she retires on Social Security. As a single woman, she is statistically likely to vote Democrat.
So even though marriage is good for society, Democrats dream of a nation of Julias.
Voting for Democrats.