Is your daughter, wife, or sister to blame for your conservatism?

16 Dec
(Credit: John Carleton)

Two sociologists have found that parents who have daughters are more inclined to support the GOP and turn a cold shoulder to Democrats.

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.

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These findings don’t surprise those who think that there is a protective element to conservatism (which is conducive to the tradition of chivalry).  Liberals tend to be driven less by a desire to protect and more by a desire to perfect.   

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