Thursday, October 05, 2006

Red vs. Blue? Or Married vs. Not?

From the October 2 entry at EVANGELICAL OUTPOST:

In fact, when it comes to Congressional representation, marriage and parenthood are the key indicators of whether a district is Democratic and Republican. Republican House members, for instance, overwhelmingly come from districts that have high percentages of married people and lots of children. Democrats' districts, however, are stocked with people who have never married and have few children.

The demographic data shows a remarkable divide:

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.

Democrats represent 30 districts in which fewer than half of children live with married parents. Republicans represent none.

Republican Congress members represent 39.2 million children, about 7 million more than Democrats. In fact, Republicans represent an average of 7,000 more children per district.

Children in Democratic districts are far more likely to live in poverty and with single parents than kids in GOP districts.

Get the rest of the stats at EO.