Study: Having daughters makes households more likely to be Republican

posted at 8:31 pm on December 2, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Hm.

In newly published findings that challenge earlier research, Dalton Conley of New York University and Emily Rauscher of the University of Kansas found that having more daughters than sons and having a daughter first “significantly reduces the likelihood of Democratic identification and significantly increases the strength of Republican Party identification.”

Not only is the daughter effect statistically significant, it’s substantively large. They found that overall, “compared to those with no daughters, parents with all daughters are 14% less likely to identify as a Democrat….[and] 11% more likely to identify as a Republican than parents with no daughters,” they write in the journal Sociological Forum.

As a woman with a daughter, I’m perhaps qualified to theorize about this. But as a woman who’s been sure about her ideological and policy leanings from about the age of 8, I’m perhaps not a good analog for the average parent of daughters. This study challenges the findings of other studies, which have found at different times that politicians with more daughters vote more liberally or that having more daughters increases indentification with the Liberal and Labor Parties in Britain.

I imagine liberals looking to scorn their conservative counterparts would credit parents’ literally paternalistic view of their daughters with a tendency toward what they view as the allegedly paternalistic, patriarchal treatment of women by the GOP. These rubes, their thinking goes, just want to “control” women because they’re super-scared of vaginas. But this bit seems to cut against that theory:

The daughters effect is considerably stronger among better educated and wealthier parents, they find. But among those farther down the socioeconomic ladder, it weakens to statistical insignificance.

Are the highly educated generally among those basing their public policy on debilitating vagina fear? As a woman who believes the Democratic Party is the platonic form of paternalism when it comes to speaking to women, I have different thoughts. The researchers’ theory:

But why would having a daughter cause parents to become more Republican? The authors speculate that men and women might want more socially conservative policies when they have daughters and thus be more attracted to the GOP.

That may be true, but isn’t it possible it has something to do with the Democratic Party’s incessant appeal to women voters as if they are only sexual organs? Every discussion is about vaginas. Every bit of rhetoric is uterus-related. The party assumes that every single decision a woman makes is based on access to abortion and a mythical threat to birth control. Perhaps living with actual women allows one to see the possibility that they think about tax policy and education and, gasp!, foreign affairs. I can imagine this approach to politics and women might be off-putting to some who love their wives, daughters, and sisters. Just a thought.

Another recent study seems to back up the researchers’ guess, when it comes to brothers who grow up with sisters:

“Having sisters makes males more politically conservative in terms of their gender role attitudes and their partisanship,” they wrote. “Particularly for gender role attitudes, we find that these political socialization effects persist until respondents are well into adulthood.”

The analysis is based on surveys of more than 3,000 individuals each that were conducted in 2006 and 2008 as part of the ongoing National Longitudinal Survey of Youth’s Children and Young Adults. The survey series, which began in 1987, follows the progress of children 10 years of age and older who were born to women who participated in an earlier large-sample survey fielded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Respondents were in their 20s and 30s at the time of the 2008 survey, though most of the respondents “were on the young side of this range,” the authors wrote…

At the extreme, they found that young men who grew up with sisters but no brothers in their household are 8.3 percentage points more likely to identify with the Republican Party than boys who grow up with only brothers.

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Whats the Clintoon’s excuse?

TX-96 on December 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM

I’m guessing Obama will now mandate a male only birth policy.

PS. It comes in handy with the new Ocare abortion coverage requirement.

Tater Salad on December 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Probably need to clarify that study title a bit.

It actually should read “having daughters that actually have some manners, don’t abort, sell off,abuse,and aren’t ugly enough to stop a clock or break mirrors/camera lens makes them more likely to be Republican”.

acyl72 on December 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I have a daughter….she’s smart….and independent…..
Enough said..

Now if I had a son…
He might be a slave driver like me…
Owning my own business and all….

But then there is my daughter…..
who wants to have her own business…..

But thankfully we have Obama….
The equalizer…
Or something like that…

Electrongod on December 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I’m guessing Obama will now mandate a male only birth policy.

PS. It comes in handy with the new Ocare abortion coverage requirement.

Tater Salad on December 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM

But men overwhelmingly prefer Republicans!

The real answers is not to eliminate the daughters but to promote skeeze culture and eliminate the households. A family isn’t at danger of getting too conservative if government is the family.

Gingotts on December 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Having daughters makes households more likely to be Republican gun owners.

FIFY

Rode Werk on December 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Well, as a friend of mine says it probably has something to do with the fact that having a Daughter changes a guy from a consumer to a producer.

And that has one HELL of an effect on your outlook.

Mr. Bingley on December 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Resist We Much on December 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

It’s good to see you back RWM. Thanks for the pictorial :)

Electrongod on December 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

EG….waving!

CoffeeLover on December 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

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davidk on December 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Uh, really? Then how come all those lefty women, women who don’t marry, the university professor elitist ( you know, gender studies, etc., )the Julia targeted audience, the soccer moms vote Democrat? This “study” makes no sense. It does NOT pass the sanity check.

MN J on December 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Whats the old joke?
The definition of a conservative is a liberal with a teenage daughter.

Newman65 on December 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

“Studies” and “Polls” are not news. Meh.

Galtian on December 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

My theory is that being exposed to real life women predisposes one to expect them to need no special treatment. Mean whose only exposure to women is in democrat rhetoric will think they need all kinds of special programs, especially regarding their supposed inability to control their own reproduction.

pedestrian on December 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Uh, really? Then how come all those lefty women, women who don’t marry, the university professor elitist ( you know, gender studies, etc., )the Julia targeted audience, the soccer moms vote Democrat? This “study” makes no sense. It does NOT pass the sanity check.

MN J on December 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

The family i.e. the parents become more conservative because they see their daughter and realize that the world of filth, perversion, and dependence peddled by the left is not how she should live.

That doesn’t mean it’s always successful and they don’t grow up to be gross anyway. A parent can only do the best they can and make the right decisions in the early years. It doesn’t guarantee she’ll inherit the same common sense when it comes time for her to decide for herself. Even Reagan had a daughter that went full skeezetard.

Gingotts on December 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Oh, you mean like the Obamas?

stenwin77 on December 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Oh, you mean like the Clintons?

stenwin77 on December 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Oh, you mean like the Kerrys?

stenwin77 on December 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Hey the McCains have a daughter and they’re Republi-

crap, thought maybe I could type that with a straight face.

Gingotts on December 2, 2013 at 9:39 PM

So…given the findings of 100,000 previous Ivory Tower tax-payer funded studies, does this mean that parents with daughters are dumber than parents with sons?

Knott Buyinit on December 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

The daughters effect is considerably stronger among better educated and wealthier parents, they find. But among those farther down the socioeconomic ladder, it weakens to statistical insignificance

…well then…that explains…Mooch and JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Resist We Much on December 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

It’s good to see you back RWM. Thanks for the pictorial :)

Electrongod on December 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

EG….waving!

CoffeeLover on December 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

…*waves furiously*……*jumps up and down*…

KOOLAID2 on December 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

There must be something to this because I have three boys, no girls, and a badly behaved canine — and I’m NOT a Republican, I’m a d*mn Tea Partier.

My collie says:

How can you say that, CC? After all, I’ve ALWAYS treated you Tea Baggers with a great deal of respect, haven’t I?

Yeah. Sure. Right. Both you and the POTUS.

CyberCipher on December 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Oh you mean like the Carters?

SomeCallMeJohn on December 2, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Study: Having the NFC team win the Super Bowl makes the year more likely to see a bull market.

Causality, shmausality! Just print it!

SomeCallMeJohn on December 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM

So THAT is why liberals support sex selection via abortion.

Now I understand.

iurockhead on December 2, 2013 at 10:38 PM

As the t-shirts say – “Guns Don’t Kill People. Dad’s With Pretty Daughters Kill People.”

Perhaps the study has the cause and effect backwards.
In my career in the defense industry I’ve noticed (that’s my highly scientific study method..) that a lot of fighter pilots tend to have daughters. So means either:
1) Men in dangerous professions tend to have more daughters (that eliminates most liberals)
or
2) It’s cosmic justice at work since fighter pilots tend to treat women badly (they’re a highly chauvinistic bunch, to a large degree). (I recall a fighter jock once telling a “joke” that says it all – “How does a fighter pilot make a woman orgasm? Who cares!!!!)

dentarthurdent on December 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Well, I don’t know how good this study is. My wife and I have gotten far more conservative over the years, and we had 2 boys, no girls.
So I’ve never gotten to sit and clean my guns when a boy comes calling for my daughter….

dentarthurdent on December 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Well, that’s all I got. Time for bed…..

dentarthurdent on December 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Uh, really? Then how come all those lefty women, women who don’t marry, the university professor elitist ( you know, gender studies, etc., )the Julia targeted audience, the soccer moms vote Democrat? This “study” makes no sense. It does NOT pass the sanity check.

MN J on December 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

In high school and college they’re taught to sleep around, and they are taught how to hide it from their parents. You have to have a very strong foundation to resist it, and you will be put under extreme pressure to conform. Once you’ve bitten from that apple, you have to tear your heart out to get free of it.

It’s the risk of becoming a single mother that drives many women into the arms of the Democrats. Most parents don’t want that for their daughters, but once you are there it is extremely hard to get out.

Note that the democrat advantage is only in single women; married women generally vote republican.

I used to say that this generation growing up was sold a bill of goods by the institutions they trusted, but I’m now beginning to think that they have been violated rather than merely scammed.

Voyager on December 3, 2013 at 12:28 AM

And to no one’s surprise, at the tender age of 13 the Boss Emeritus’s daughter already has her own business: http://www.marbleousnails.com/

radjah shelduck on December 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Did they check the statistics to see if there was any difference if the daughters were ugly?

GWB on December 3, 2013 at 9:54 AM

dentarthurdent on December 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Yep. *shakes head*

GWB on December 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

barry must not have gotten the memo. I wonder how many girls have been aborted over the years, the democrat war on woman.

crosshugger on December 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Uh, really? Then how come all those lefty women, women who don’t marry, the university professor elitist ( you know, gender studies, etc., )the Julia targeted audience, the soccer moms vote Democrat? This “study” makes no sense. It does NOT pass the sanity check.

MN J on December 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I agree with some of the previous posters. Despite best efforts, the tide of a girl’s peers, social media, high school teachers and stinky college professors can exert a mighty strong pull. Plus, some kids experience a natural pulling away from the parent’s teachings and mores as a means to exert their own identity. I’ve been lucky with my 16 year-old so far. The simple act of seeing the taxes that got yanked out of her first paycheck left a pretty lasting impression. I’ll never forget the look of shock on her face as the words, “That’s just not right,” tumbled from her lips.

My response? “I agree. That’s why Dad’s a Conservative, honey…”

CaptFlood on December 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Whats the Clintoon’s excuse?

TX-96 on December 2, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Web Hubbell?

virgo on December 3, 2013 at 11:48 PM