The issue of out-of-wedlock births and conservatism came up in the comments of the last post. Here are the percentages of never-marrried men and women who have kids (GSS, years 2000-2010):
Percent never-married with kids--males
Extremely liberal 22.2
Slightly liberal 18.9
Slightly conservative 15.2
Extremely conservative 37.5
Percent never-married with kids--females
Extremely liberal 34.3
Slightly liberal 35.5
Slightly conservative 37.4
Extremely conservative 63.9
For single men, the numbers bounce around, but extreme conservatives are much more likely to have children. The conservative-fertility link is clearer for single women; over 60 percent of extreme conservatives have offspring. Part of the explanation for this is that conservatives are pro-natalist across the board: for all marital statuses, except perhaps for those who are separated, conservatives have larger families (data not shown).
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